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Lost Babies and Lost Memories,
This review is from: Wild Stallion/Unforgettable (Mills & Boon Intrigue) (Paperback)I'm not sure how much more there is to the San Antonio Maternity Hospital storyline, but there can't be much more. Bailey Hodges had bad timing and her baby was taken. She will never stop searching for her son. Jackson Malone walked away from a deadly air-crash and decided that he no longer wanted to live alone, so he's privately adopted a son.
Bailey arrives to, allegedly, trim a Christmas tree at the home of Jackson Malone. In truth she knows he's just about to finish the adoption of a 4 month old baby boy. Is this her son? Jackson sees her and immediately senses trouble. He's loved the boy from the moment they met 4 months ago and fears something could go wrong. Perhaps it is his gut. Perhaps it has something to do with the bullets flying everywhere.
A nice mystery with several turns of the screw. Bailey and Jackson make a nice team as they try to figure out who is trying to kill whom. The poor nanny spends more time than she should in the panic room, but then I expect by the end of Christmas, poor Jackson is going to have to buy a glazier firm to fix all his shot out windows. The mystery does end well and does tie up a few more of the loose ends from the over all storyline.
The dialogue is good and the story is pacy. Jackson's authority and fears are presented in a strong, believable manner and he tries hard to be in control of a situation that has him in turmoil mentally and emotionally. Bailey's desperation and courage is the hallmark of every mother. Her sense of awe at seeing baby Caden is beautiful.
"Unforgettable" is a real mystery buff's conundrum. I almost felt like I needed pen and paper to keep straight what was going on. But it all worked with an ending that wasn't overly foreshadowed. Jack Dalton, a man of many names, is not a nice man. He's in the witness protection program about to testify against a Cartel boss in Chicago which will put him in prison for the rest of eternity. Jack works for the mob. But Jack isn't his name. In fact, he doesn't really know what his name is. He has amnesia from a failed mob hit on him at the safe house he was at.
Caitlyn Morris is a journalist. She's reported from the troops front line in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was at the top of her game right to the moment the network pulled her contract. Now Caitlyn is living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains trying to figure out what went wrong and deal with the post traumatic stress being on the front line caused. Also, her barn roof is leaking. So she's hired a veteran named Jack Dalton to fix it. But the man who showed up wasn't what she was expecting.
Neither was the black SUV and all the gun totting mobsters who showed up soon after.
A good mystery that has lots of twists and turns, good dialogue and a well matched pair of lovers. Avoiding the killers and finding out who they really are will keep any reader engaged. The ending has a brilliant 'gotcha' moment. The supporting cast is a mixed bag, but most of them are well drawn and conflicted. The ultimate bad guy, Gregorio Rojas, teeters on being a characture but fortunately never falls into it.
Does Jack find out who he is? Yes, and he chooses to be Jack. As for Caitlyn, she wasn't really lost just a bit sidetracked for a short time.
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