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The plot takes a lot of swallowing. Abigail's father has disappeared and even though she has not seen him since her childhood she gets involved in trying to find him, especially when she realises that he is a CIA spymaster. Eventually the bad guys are also after Abigail and she teams up with the CIA to find out what is happening. It is good to have a heroine who is able to win at fighting because of her knowledge of martial arts but a bit sad that the author has teamed that with her Chinese mother and created a bit of a stereotype (it was also disappointing that despite her skill she usually had to be rescued by a man). The plot doesn't make much sense in the end and rather depends on the villain being mentally unstable to explain some of the inconsistencies. If you ignore logic and reality the action part of the story will pull you along at a nice pace.
The book is pulled down by the plot holes but might still have achieved four stars because of pace and readability had it not been for two issues. The first is a result of this being an American book. The patriotism of the American writer (or possibly jingoism ?) results in a story which is dismissive of other nationalities. One character bemoans the fact that the CIA doesn't have "much" influence in France - I'm not really sure how much it should have ! The French and other European authorities are seen as ineffectual without the intervention of the Americans and they are also subject to allowing the CIA to shoot a lot of guns on their territory. This might not be a problem to an American reader but to this particular British reader the self-satisfied and smug America-is-best attitude of the book did rather grate.
The second issue related to Riley's friend Greene. The book displays him as rude, borderline racist and sexist. The first two are excused as somehow an inevitable result of the tension of the job and the third is acknowledged as unacceptable but never challenged. In fact, Greene remains Riley's friend to the end of the book and even seems to become Abigail's friend too. I found the comments attributed to Greene to be uncomfortable reading and I found it more uncomfortable that no one did anything about them. It meant that my opinion of Riley diminished, especially when he joined in some unacceptable banter along the same lines, and then I had issues with Abigail falling for a man who had a best friend who thought and spoke in the way that he did. It wasn't a big issue in the book but it startled me every time it happened and I didn't like it.
The issues which slightly spoiled this book for me might not be as important to other readers. On the whole, it is a pretty average romantic suspense novel - nothing special.
The only thing I would say that in this book there are a couple of sections of adult content that you need to be aware of. otherwise an excellent book which I would highly recommend.
As a male reader, I was somewhat mislead by its generalised categorisation and have little previous personal experience of this particular genre other than on a very occasional and incidental (or accidental) basis. I have never yet purchased any title knowing that it was a Romantic Suspense although a specialist fiction site classifies this particular title as a 'Romance'. Although I must have looked at a few Romantic Suspense titles over the years and had read a very few isolated titles from the genre without having the initial knowledge of their true nature, I may not therefore be the best qualified reviewer of this book. Romance is a book category I strictly avoid!
For those best familiar with the Romance genre, or Romantic Suspense as it may be, it could be an excellent read. I have no basis for true comparison.
Abigail has a nice orderly life that is cold and clinical then she gets the news that her Father, who abandoned her years ago has disappeared, a member of the CIA there is a chance he is being held hostage or that he has betrayed his country and turned traitor. To cap it all off the man sent to interview her James Riley is a little too gorgeous and distracting for Abigail's liking.
Follow her and James as they try to figure out what is going on and why their Mothers seem to be hiding something. a basic love story with a bit of danger chucked in enjoyable for a holiday read but not a classic and probably not one I'd read again despite enjoying it.
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