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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star Books (21 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416566740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416566748
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bmth01 on 1 Jan. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Abbie Hughes no longer trusts men, but despite her cool indifference, she still draws plenty of attention. Between working as a blackjack dealer, going to school and keeping an eye on her younger brother, Cory, there's no time for romantic adventures - until the night a sexy, mysterious stranger places a wager at her table.
Sam Lang left Black Ops, Inc. when a tragedy struck his family. Although he's determined to retire his M-16 rifle to lead a quiet life on his range, a vengeful quest will send him on a manhunt for the ruthless multimillionaire who murdered his sister.
Though Sam suspects Abbie is on a lucrative gem-smuggling deal her brother made with the enemy, their attraction is undeniable. Now Cory is missing and together they search the wild Honduras backcountry to find him. With danger on their trail, they must trust each other completely or face certain death alone...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By twibookfan on 1 Aug. 2010
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Loved this book, couldn't put it down. It has a great story, I felt involved with the characters and found the love scenes to be brilliantly written. There was more description in these scenes than with the bodyguard books. I love Cindy Gerard. If you want a good story with plenty of sex and romance but not the kinky stuff that Lora Leigh etc writes, then this is for you.
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By Marta Cox on 14 Dec. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is the second book i have read by ms. gerard and i was somewhat dissapointed. they seem to follow a formula! girl needs help for sister,son,friend and gets it from hunky military types. confusion along the way, passion [but not much in this book] and action with guns. i found the male lead sam to be lacking in passion though. he is written as an iceman who always keeps control so when he lets go i would expect fireworks. what i got was a damp scrib!
also felt the large print helped to expand the book and make it seem thicker. i would have prefered it to feel less hurried
3 stars from me
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Excellent romantic suspense 29 Oct. 2008
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sam Lang, ex-Delta Force sniper, is on a mission to find the man responsible for the death of his sister and her husband. When Cory Hughes's name repeatedly comes up as a mole for the deadly Frederick Nader, Sam goes after Cory's sister, Abbie, for information. Sam and Abbie hit it off immediately, making it that much more painful for Abbie to know that she has been used by Sam for information. Abbie claims to know nothing about Cory's involvement with Nader, but admits that she is extremely concerned for him. It doesn't take long for Sam to realize that Abbie is much stronger than she looks and when she insists on being part of the search for Cory in Honduras, the danger level rises significantly.
Abbie should have known from the get-go that Sam Lang was too good to be true. Good looks, subtle charm and gentle hands - how could she resist? When she discovers that his interest in her was feigned in the search for her brother, she is crushed. That is, until she got mad. When she joins forces with Sam in the search for Cory, she's introduced to a way of life that she never even knew existed, and has no choice but to put her life in Sam's capable hands.
The quality of romantic suspense by Cindy Gerard can be matched by few. Abbie and Sam are both damaged and so desperately in need of each other's love. The suspense is intense, as is the romance. Sam is out for vengeance, but doesn't let it blind him against how perfect a future with Abbie could be. I highly recommend this book to all who love the excitement and intrigue of well-written romantic suspense.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Love these books. 25 Jan. 2009
By denak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have just recently discovered Cindy Gerard and ever since, I have steadily gone through all of her books. The easy banter, the feeling and the pacing all make these books great.

And even though this might sound strange, one of the things I like about these books is that she doesn't sugar coat combat. The men in these books suffer both physically and mentally and I think that realism is a bigger tribute to our men and women in service them books that portray them as killing machines or impervious superheros. (although there is a little of the impervious superhero bit in some of the books.)

As for this particular book, I loved Sam and Abbie. The ending is a bit too neat regarding Cory but it works and I enjoyed the "happily ever after."

Dena
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Take No Prisoners 15 Nov. 2008
By Lovely D.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first book by this author, and I fairly liked it.

Abbie Hughs is a blackjack dealer working in one of the casinos in Vagus. She has been divorced for two years (cheating ex-husband), and she is now studying and working, so as to rebuild her life. She is also waiting to hear from her brother Cory, worried because she hasn't heard from him in two days (he contacts her every day), and has no idea why or what's going on.

Sam Lang used to work for Black Ops, but now he is living in seclusion on his ranch after the death of his sister and her husband. Sam can't shake the guilt he feels about his sister's death. Getting a new lead, brought to him by Reed, one of the Black Ops operatives, Sam can't pass this opportunity to catch his sister's murderer, Nader. But this new information leads directly to Cory Hughs. Finding Cory's sister in Vagus, Sam decides that the best way of action is to seduce Cory's sister (whom he is convinced knows of her brother's shady dealings), and gain her trust so that she would tell him everything she knows.

And so the story starts, as Sam seduces Abbie and then breaks her heart. Then Abbie convinces Sam to take her with them (using the stolen diamonds as leverage, after she finds out that her brother had mailed them to her). So she will help Sam, if they help her rescue her brother to safety.

I liked how Sam was protective of Abbie. I really liked how Abbie and Sam were serious about each other. I liked that it didn't take Sam the whole book to realize that Abbie meant a lot to him, and that he loved her. Both Sam and Abbie were likable h/h.

But what this story lacked was the emotional punch that should have been there in several parts. One example is when Abbie found out that Sam had used her. I saw her pain, but I couldn't feel it, it's like the author told me but didn't really show me. Also Abbie's friend Crystal (while I admired her loyalty and good friendship to Abbie) came off as slutty. Also, there was one gross scene with "Fox" another vile villain, which I thought was really unnecessary and just icky.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5+ stars 8 Mar. 2012
By RiverinaRomantics - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
5+ STARS

When it takes me less than 24 hour to read a full length novel with my kids at home for the duration - it shows how much i LOVE a book.

I made the mistake of starting this an hour before I wanted to go to bed. "Just a few chapters of the fabulous Cindy Gerard & I'll sleep peacefully" I told myself. EEEHHHhhhh WRONG.

One hour turned into three and I found it physically painful to put this book down before finishing it.

Sam was yet another sex on a stick, Black Ops, die to sleep with, hunka hunka burnin love, that I fell into lust with straight away. A man of relatively few words - but boy did those words count.

*sigh*

He was dreamy. If only men like that really existed. I would claw, scratch & bite my way through any woman that got in my way.

Abbie was also another one of Cindy Gerard's perfect heroines, that deserved the attention of such a great man. She was strong, loyal and a joy to fall in love with.

Their story was action packed, not only in the bullets and bad guys department, but also between the sheets.

TOTALLY. YUMMILIFIC.

Cindy also has the best ability of making you NEED to read the next book in the series straight away.

I am trying to savor these books gawd damn it - but I can't help devouring!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable read but lacked emotional punch. A couple of plot logic issues, but still fun. 10 Mar. 2011
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
STORY BRIEF:
Sam is part of a U.S. Black Ops group after bad guy Nader in Honduras. Nader arranges for a car bomb to kill Sam's sister back in the States. Sam retires from the group in grief and now works with his dad on a horse ranch.

Abbie is a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas and a part-time college student. Her younger brother Cory has been buying Honduran knick-knacks and shipping them to Abbie to store for him. He plans to start a business selling them. Somehow he got roped in to carrying drugs for Nader. Cory wants to quit, but Nader won't let him. Cory's friend Derek stole a necklace from Nader (who had stolen it from a museum). Derek manages to give it to Cory before he dies. Cory goes into hiding, knowing Nader will think he is guilty and kill him.

The Black Ops group discovers that Abbie may be linked to Nader through Cory. Sam starts dating Abbie for the purpose of getting information. They sleep together. Then she discovers his true purpose and is furious, hurt, and hates him. Next she receives an email showing that Nader has been torturing Cory. Nader tells Abbie to bring him the necklace in return for Cory's life. Sam and Abbie go to Honduras with the Black Ops group.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
I'm pleased. This did not use the overused devices of conflict caused by heroine stupidity and conflict between the couple based on vague communication and inaccurate assumptions. I could enjoy the story. However, I had issues with a couple of things in Spoilers below. This is typical Black Ops romantic suspense. I feel like I've read the story many times before. And that's ok if that's your mood, but it could have used some surprise and the unexpected. The characters and relationship development also were like others I've read before - ok, but nothing unusual or different. The sex scenes were fine.

I compliment the author on the conflicts between Sam and Abbie in the beginning. I enjoyed watching Sam dating her "undercover." I also enjoyed the way she arranged things later to force Sam to help her. That was smart.

I loved M. Junkins' comment in her Amazon review. "It wasn't the best book I've read but it beats whats on TV." Yes!

DATA:
Story length: 363 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 5. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 37. Setting: current day Honduras, Nevada, and Virginia. Copyright: 2008. Genre: romantic suspense.

CAUTION SPOILERS:
In this type of story I expect the Black Ops guy to kill Nader the first chance he gets - maybe a sniper shot. I don't expect him to act like a good ole' U.S. cop and read someone their rights or bring them in for trial. Nader was into drugs, arms, and supporting terrorist enemies of the U.S. So why was Sam reluctant to kill Nader when he had the chance? All of a sudden he is not going to kill him in cold blood. He later shoots when Nader pulls a gun making it self-defense. This didn't feel right to me. I thought Black Ops were guys who did NOT follow the rules. Killing Sam's sister confused the issue. If that's all Nader did, then I might see reason for hesitation. But Sam's objective had been to stop the guy, which meant kill him. I suppose it's possible the U.S. government wanted Nader alive, but that should have been made clear in order to justify Sam's hesitation. But if so, I didn't see any evidence that would put him and keep him in a U.S. jail. Ok, I'm going way too far with this. On balance, this was muddled for me.

Another scene was a little off. Sam has a gun on Nader and could easily kill him. But instead they talk until a distraction happens and Nader is able to get away. Ok, a little campy James Bondishness going on here.
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