From Publishers Weekly
Readers who were wooed by the first installment in Dodd's contemporary Prescott sisters trilogy, Just the Way You Are
, may be disappointed by this unlikely, terrorism-based tale. Orphaned, separated from her siblings and shuttled through foster care, landscaper Pepper Prescott relies on her inborn wiliness and the militaristic self-help strategies of author Jennifer Napier, an active U.S. General, to overcome life's challenges. But when she witnesses her idol shooting an aide who threatens to expose her sale of government secrets, Pepper flees to the Idaho ranch that once provided her only stable home. Her ex-boyfriend Dan Graham, now an undercover Special Forces agent, is keeping up the ranch in an attempt to draw out an international terrorist intent on killing him. Despite mutual deceptions, the two rediscover both trust and passion before the General, Dan's terrorist prey, two of Pepper's long-lost siblings and a passel of U.S. forces converge at the ranch for the melodramatic denouement. An excess of unrealistic plot points and purple prose ("she screamed out loud, an incoherent cry of inexpressible fulfillment") mar the story, and the character of garden-loving, gun-toting Pepper never quite gels. Still, the starkly beautiful setting and the raw sexual bond Dan and Pepper share will please readers with a taste for the dramatic.
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General Jennifer Napier is Jackie Porter's role model, so when Napier is in town autographing her latest book, Jackie gushes out her life story to her before rushing off to work. Returning to get a book signed, she sees something that sends her fleeing across the country to her foster mother's remote Idaho ranch and back to her real name, Pepper Prescott. At the ranch she finds Dan Graham, the son of a neighboring rancher who had won both her love and virginity when they were teenagers. He is ostensibly taking care of the ranch, but in reality he is serving as bait for a vicious international terrorist. Both Pepper and Dan are vulnerable characters with huge abandonment issues, but their mutual passion is blazing. Dodd's bang-up climax features high-tech armament and a birth and reunites Pepper with her sister, Hope, from Just the Way You Are
[BKL Je 1 & 15 03]. This enticing stand-alone sequel will leave readers eager for the rest of Dodd's Prescott saga. Diana Tixier HeraldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved