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Hot Pursuit [Mass Market Paperback]

Christina Skye

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Feb 2003
He’s hot. He’s tough. He’s dangerous...

Bestselling suspense writer Taylor O’Toole has a huge problem--almost overnight, her quiet, humdrum life is starting to resemble one of her novels. Who knew that a little unofficial surveillance for a friend would backfire--throwing her into the crosshairs of a stalker? And why does her sexy new neighbor always seem to turn up when things start heading south?

He’s a Navy SEAL with a top secret mission: her!

When Navy SEAL Jack Broussard is called back from a dangerous mission, the last thing he expects is a top secret assignment protecting a beautiful mystery writer. Jack can drop a kidnapper with his bare hands, run airtight surveillance, and cook a mean lasagna, but tangling with his unpredictable neighbor is enough to drive any man crazy. Like it or not, his new orders are to keep Taylor O’Toole in his sights--after all, she could be a key link in the government search for a missing Navy scientist. But when an attempt on Taylor’s life ratchets up the stakes, Jack knows he’d better watch his heart. Because suddenly the chase is on . . . and seduction has never been so close. Or so dangerous.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440237599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440237594
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not up to expectations 26 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have loved Christina Skye's contemporary thrillers/romances, but this one is a bit of a let down. I won't go into a description of the plot as that has been done very well by other reviewers. But I would like to say something about the character development. While she has established the characters, their backgrounds and the plot, the female character's personality is stagnant throughout the story. The woman becomes extremely annoying because her reaction to every situation is the same, basically she feels that she knows best and she will do what she wants to do. This results in her bodyguards themselves being exposed to unnecessary risk, but after an initial burst of repentence, she does it again and again. The character is supposed to be kind and compassionate and loyal to her friends, but her actual behaviour paints her as selfish, stubborn and careless of other people's lives, not to mention just a little bit stupid. It just doesn't make sense. Wouldn't a supposedly bright person learn from repetitive mistakes (especially those involving gunfire!) and grow up a little? Frankly, I cannot see what the male lead is supposed to see in her.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such a disappointment. 24 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book starts out promising, but then goes nowhere. Too many threads of the story line are introduced, but never followed up, such as Jack's culinary skills, which could have been used to humanize him, or the fact that Taylor finds out she is adopted. My biggest complaint is that there is very little about Taylor that is likeable. Her selfish, irresponsible behavior gets others killed and she doesn't seem to ever learn anything from it. I guess this is suppose to show how head-strong and loyal her character is, but I almost couldn't finish the book because of it. We never get inside Jack's head at all, so there isn't much appealing about him either, except that he is physically a hunk.
I enjoyed Skye's Draycott Abbey series, so it is too bad this series has been such a disappointment (2000 Kisses was terrible also).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unevenly paced pursuit 15 Feb 2003
By Desmond Chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Christina Skye's lightweight caper of a romance follows the uninspired line of damsel-in-distress-and-Navy-SEALs-comes-to the-rescue that has flooded the genre. Taylor O'Toole, a suspense writer has become the victim of many sabotages including a mountaineering accident and a hostage-taking in a convenience store ever since she helps her friend Candace to stalk her love-interest Harris Rain. It soon reveals to be a sprawling plan where secret biological weapons are manufactured for terrorists and a military scientist is being kidnapped. Jack Broussard is dispatched to watch over Taylor and sparks fly between them.
Hot Pursuit, alas, is unevenly paced and the suspense element which has lots of gaping inconsistencies fails to impress. The relentless chase, along with Taylor's abrupt knowledge of herself being adopted as well as her refusal to be ordered about by Jack hardly leaves any room for character development. It has none of the spunk and panache for a Christine Skye's vehicle. It started off well but ends up with too many surprising conclusions. Which is a pity when there are occasional terrific moments of danger and passion. The pursuit, regrettably, always seems to cool off after that.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heroine � TSTL Type I & Type II? 6 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I looked forward to this title despite being somewhat disappointed with My Spy, where we were first met Taylor. I had been looking for a light contemporary suspense after a stressful month and Skye's contemporaries sounded like just what I needed. I was delighted with her first, Going Overboard, found My Spy rather boring and was hoping Hot Pursuit would be more like Going Overboard. I was disappointed. Not because it was bad but because Taylor O'Toole was turned into such an irritant with her incessant stupidity. Intelligent and attractive in My Spy, I could easily envisage Skye giving Taylor her own story. How and why Taylor was transformed into this Too Stupid To Love heroine is beyond me. Her intransigence and I-know-better attitude is bad enough but when she realizes how her stupid decisions have endangered them all and acknowledges her wrong then still doggedly acts the juvenile delinquent, still insists on her brattish ways, I could only feel this heroine has created TSTL Type II - not Too Stupid To Live but Too Stupid To Love. The pace was good, the secondary characters were very likeable (I'd love to have an Uncle Vinnie in my life) and the hero was your typical Romance Fiction SEAL - sexy yet caring. That is, until you just have to ask how could a sexy SEAL like Jack Broussard still find Taylor attractive when that woman is downright pathological. If you don't mind TSTL heroines (Type I & II), Hot Pursuit can be fun but there are better romantic suspense out there that delight, thrill and make you feel good just the way Hot Pursuit would have done if not for Taylor's childish behaviour. I would still read Skye's next contemporary, though. I enjoy her storylines despite the holes and am still hopeful that in time her heroines will mature and possess both beauty and brains.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating Heroine 13 July 2004
By tsfan12 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved Skye's Draycott Abbey series, but it was shear will trying to finish this book. This heroine, Taylor was unbelievably selfish, argumentive, with no sense. She places people in danger because she thinks "she's right" and "what could possibly be wrong?". People were trying to "protect her" and all she could think of was herself. I liked Jack, no only was he a hunky SEAL- but had patience of a saint to put up with her.
The plot was good, but had inconsistencies as described in other reviews. I would have rated this book 5 stars if it had a sharper heroine, more insight in "Jack's mind" and a smoother and snappy writing.
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