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Redemption by Judith Rochelle

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  • Lisa Mallory thought her life couldn't get worse. She survived the marriage in hell to Charles Mallory and her role as a suspect in his murder. After four years she's finally getting her life back on track when her eight-year-old son, Jamie, is kidnapped. Three months after the ransom is paid he still has not been returned, and the only resource left to her is Ethan Caine, a burned-out black ops warrior who has shut himself away from the world. Tracking Jamie to the wilds of Mexico's Quintana Roo jungle, as they make their pans to rescue the child they learn that no matter the past, life can still offer them a future.

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    PRINT ISBN 1-60154-064-7
    (196 pages) Spicy

    Excerpt:

    Lisa looked at the man across from her. She'd seen him a few times, in very brief situations, but this was the first time she'd had the chance to study him.

    At thirty-eight he looked at least ten years older. He had thick black hair peppered with grey, worn long enough that he tied it back with a leather thong. His beard looked more like the result of not shaving rather than a deliberate plan, and dissolution had added extra flesh around the jaw line and pouches under his eyes. His skin was an unhealthy, ruddy color, probably from the amount of alcohol she heard he drank with regularity. Although he carried a few extra pounds, she bet that in his best days, he was lean and mean.

    If this were, as the fairy tales said, once upon a time—before Charles had killed any interest she had in men and before Ethan Caine had destroyed himself—she could see herself being drawn to him. Now he just offended her, and she resented any latent spark of attraction he ignited in her.

    But then she saw his eyes and something stabbed at her. Although they were alert, studying both the Taylors and his surroundings at the same time, they were a bottomless black filled with so much pain it hurt to look at them. What had this man seen and done that caused that much personal misery? Was this the kind of man she could trust to find her son?

    “Lisa?”

    She shook herself at the sound of Josh's voice. “I'm sorry. My mind tends to wander these days.” She pasted what she was sure was a grotesque mockery of a smile on her face. “Than you very much for coming, Mr. Caine.”

    “Ethan. Don't thank me yet.” His voice was deep but not smooth, more like the scraping sound of gravel falling on cement. “Right now we're just having lunch.”

    “That's true.” She nodded, willing her hands to stop their incessant tremors.

    “So, why don't we order and you can tell me what this little meet and greet is all about.”

Reviews

Grade 
11/12/2007

Review

This is a gripping tale of a heroine in danger and a troubled hero. In rescuing Lisa's son, Ethan must find his own redemption, using the skills he's learned over a shadowed life for something he knows he can believe in. I absolutely could not put it down!

    Grade 
    08/21/2007

    Review

    Four years after her wicked husband’s death, Lisa Mallory thought she had her life back in order. That is, until her precious eight-year old son, Jamie, is kidnapped and isn’t returned after the ransom drop and someone shoots Lisa as she tries to leave the drop off point. Lisa, while, recovering from emotional and physical wounds, becomes desperate and turns to her only and last option, her brother’s best friend, Ethan Caine.
    Ethan’s shady past becomes essential in finding Jamie and Lisa finds herself agreeing to a long-shot plan of rescue that will take them to the Quintana Roo jungle and face to face with the demons of her past.
    Although Ethan has convinced himself he isn’t worthy of anything pure in his life, he finds himself drawn to the quiet yet strong woman he has promised to help.
    Together they find the strength to rescue her son and each other from unhappy lives.
    Judith Rochelle has crafted an intense romance while intertwining the elements of intrigue and a high octane game of cat-and-mouse.
    Honestly, I sat down to read only a few pages and ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. What a ride!

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