Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Missing Colton-Loreth Anne White

The Missing Colton

Loreth Anne White

Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Sep 3 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373278381

After a stint as a war journalist in Afghanistan where he was incarnated and tortured, Jagger McKnight suffers from PTSD due to his time as a prisoner that also triggered his memory of being abducted and living with his captors for almost a decade as a child. He feels good about obtaining a TV and book contract to investigate and solve the thirty years old cold case kidnapping of infant Cole Colton as a means to ignore his horrors.

Jagger heads to the Colton Ranch in Dead River, Wyoming where he plans to get a job so he can go undercover. Before he reaches his destination, a vicious assailant assaults and batters Jagger, leaving him to die. The next day Colton Ranch nurse Mia Sanders finds him unconscious. She brings the severely injured reporter to the ranch and nurses him back to health. As they fall in love, an unknown adversary needs Jagger dead and Mia is acceptable collateral damage as an expendable pawn.

This exhilarating Coltons of Wyoming romantic suspense (see The Colton Ransom by Marie Ferrarella) is a fabulous entry in the extended family saga. The lead couple is an intriguing pair as both have bad memories and shaky identities issues that make love unwelcome; while the Colton brood pray Jagger is their lost Cole. Character-driven yet filled with tense action, readers will relish this strong thriller as love and dangers collide in Dead River.

Harriet Klausner

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