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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (May 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551666758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666754
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 16.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #807,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest romantic thriller from McCall (after White Mountain) opens with a dramatic flourish as frivolous Felicity Blaine confronts her lover, Jonah Slade, to tell him she aborted their child. This "perfect lie" costs Felicity her relationship, but in return, she gets to keep her baby and remain under her wealthy father's wing. Convinced of Felicity's perfidy, Slade shuts down emotionally and becomes an undercover CIA agent. He doesn't learn the truth until 15 years later when Macie, Felicity's sister, approaches him with the news that Felicity has been murdered and his son, Evan, kidnapped. The mastermind behind the madness is a sinister drug lord named Calderone, whose own son was killed during a drug bust orchestrated by Jonah. McCall (aka Sharon Sala, Amber by Night) does a fine job developing her strong, haunted hero. In contrast, Macie lacks complexity and is a weak foil for Jonah. Their interest in each other evolves swiftly into love, but with a rescue in the works and a traitor lurking in the background, readers will hardly notice the abruptness of their relationship. Despite awkward dialogue ("Carl, you sorry so and so, where in the blazes have you been?") and over-the-top characters like Calderone, McCall's mild tale still manages to entertain.
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This is my first Dinah McCall book. I had left it on my TBR pile after discovering my usual book review site gave it a 'D' rating. I am so glad I picked it up anyway. I found it very entertaining and did not agree with any of the criticisms except those of Macie, the heroine. I not only fully agree she was put there just for 'girlfriend' material, I find it hard to accept any hero finding her alluring! Macie is sweet and caring, a paragon of virtue almost, but she is so ignorant and clueless I ended up clueless myself about why McCall even wrote her into the story. Fortunately, Macie is not one of those TSTL heroines because she doesn't get in the way and she does whatever the hero tells her to do so I didn't have to worry about those TSTL moments romance writers must think readers enjoy (why else why would there be so many?).
Macie reminds me of one of my elderly spinster aunts - she doesn't know what 'intel' means and Jonah has to explain. Hey, this was written post 9/11! Macie's excuse for not knowing is that she 'wasn't thinking'. Well, she is this 'duh' woman from start to end but apart from her, I enjoyed the action, the pace and liked Evan, the kidnapped son. I am looking for more of McCall's titles now but hope these wallpaper heroines are not the usual fare.
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I was truly enjoying the beginning of this book. Jonah Slade;Strong hero trying to do the right thing. But then when he meets his love interest, Macie Blaine, they fall in love without many preliminaries. I couldn't suspend my disbelief for that one.
I lost interest toward the end. The love interest was unbelievable and banal. The hero wasted tons of pages and time waiting around for help with his kidnapped son. Why did he call for help from his CIA buddies after 3or 4 days into the kidnapping? Why did he wait around Macie's house day after day instead of going out to his contacts? Some of it just didn't make sense.
This book should have been great. Could have been great. Where's the editor when you need them?
P.S. The other thing that bothered me was that Macie's older sister who had betrayed Jonah had plastic surgery to look younger. Geez, she wasn't 50! She was 40! And is that supposed to make her wicked in the reader's eyes? I was briefly, very briefly under the illusion that Macie's older sister would be the heroine. How refreshing would that have been! A 40 year old woman loving a man the same age.
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This is another strong read from a great author. Ms. Mccall delivers again with a strong hero and a great heroine.
Jonah Slade is an undercover CIA agent and he finds out that he has a son that is fifteen years old and that Evan has been kidnapped by a drug lord that has promised revenge for the death of his son. Jonah is floored when he finds out that he was lied to fifteen years earlier, and that he has been cheated yet again by the Blaine family. He will do all he can to save the son he didn't know he had even if it means that he gives himself up to Calderon the Columbian drug lord.
Macie Blaine has loved Jonah for years. Even when he was dating her older sister. She is torn in two when she finds out her sister has been killed, her father has been shot, and her nephew was abducted. She knows the only thing left to do is to track down Jonah and tell him the truth and to ask for help.
Jonah agrees to go back to California with Macie and finds himself not only worried about the safety of his son, but also finds himself attracted to Macie. She is everything her sister wasn't and more. She was kind, loving, and forgiving, and strong when she needed to be. Soon Jonah is totally in love with her and will do all he can to get his son back so he can start a family with Macie.
This was a fast paced read and although Macie is not one of her stronger characters she is still likable. The secondary character plus the added intrigue of who the mole in the organization is helps move the story along. This is really a great book to add to your summer reading list!
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Sixteen years ago, Felicity's lie ended her marriage to CIA agent Jonah Slade. Believing she had aborted their unborn child, he was very willing to end their marriage. Now, after a successful drug raid in South America, he learns that his exwife has been brutally murdered, and the child he thought dead kidnapped by an enemy who wants revenge on Slade for killing his son. Her sister, Macie, who was just a child when he last knew her, has grown up into a stronger woman than Felicity ever was, and is demanding that he help her find his son.
As they work together to rescue the boy before vengeance is taken on him, Slade begins to wonder if he should have waited for the baby sister to grow up, for Macie is much more than Felicity ever could have hoped to be. Dangers all around them drive the couple together as this action packed, exciting romance races to its thrilling and touching conclusion.
***** Under any name, this author is guaranteed to give her readers an exciting story, heady romance, and a touching plot that will warm your heart. Slade is the older man that most of us dream about finding, not too old, but like fine wine, aged to perfection. His son looks to be someone who might grow up to be just like dad, so if the author reads this, please take the hint for a sequel. *****
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