Friday, May 3, 2013

Against The Edge-Kat Martin

Against The Edge

Kat Martin

Mira, Apr 30 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780778314431

In Houston, still in his disheveled tuxedo former Navy SEAL Ben Slocum returns home after too much celebrating the marriage of his friends Alex Justice and Sabrina Eckhart (see Against The Odds). Waiting on his porch for the Atlas Security investigator is social worker Claire Chastain. She shocks him with the news that his former fiancĂ©e Laura Schofield nee Thompson is dead and that they have a child fifth grader Sam who Ben never knew he sired. She finishes by telling him nine year old Sam is missing; LAPD and Sam’s foster parents assume he is a runaway, but Claire believes Laura’s ex-boyfriend Troy Bridger kidnapped the child avenging her kicking him out. Whether the tweener is a runaway or abducted, Ben, after seeing Sam’s photo, plans to find his son.

To keep Claire safe from Troy who blames her for interfering in his relationship with Laura, Ben keeps her at his side while he follows clues that lead to a paramilitary encampment. When Troy and his allies learn of Ben’s search, they abduct Claire. Now Ben has two people he loves needing his rescuing them and he will risk dying to save them.

The latest Raines of Wind Canyon romantic suspense is a strong entry starring a kick butt hero and a caring female. Although the premise of not knowing you have an offspring is overly used, the drama of his going missing makes for a taut twisting thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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