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Off the Grid by Karyn Good

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  • A committed doctor to Vancouver's inner city, nothing fazes Sophie Monroe--until a pregnant teenager shows up at her clinic on Christmas Eve requesting sanctuary and claiming the baby's father is one of the city's most influential businessmen. Sophie is in over her head and thankful when aid shows up in the form of an attorney who's a little too confident and a lot too sexy.  

    Family Law expert Caleb Quinn just wants a date, a chance to prove he isn't the elitist jerk Sophie assumes. Helping deliver a baby is not what he has in mind. But before long protecting a traumatized teenager and her son become his first priority. Even if saving them pits him against the baby's father, a childhood friend. A man who will do anything to keep his dark side private.

    But justice never comes cheap. Will doing the right thing cost Sophie and Caleb their reputations? Or their lives?  
     

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    Casual relationships weren’t her thing. Once she’d yearned for more. For the commitment other women scoffed at. Then she’d learned her lesson. It didn’t mean she didn’t crave family. She refused to ask about the woman from his office. It was none of her business. Neither was he. But renewed determination to resist him didn’t mean he wasn’t getting to her.

    No soft music played. The dim lighting was courtesy of an unlit dingy hallway. The smell of antiseptic and desperation laced the air. It didn’t matter. Sophie wanted to meet his challenge. She didn’t want to dodge. Or object. She wanted to kiss the hell out of Caleb Quinn.

    So she stepped back. “I can’t do this with you. I need to know I matter. That I’m the only name on your list.”

    Caleb took her face in his warm hands. “Sophie, right now there is no one else but you.”

    She wrapped her hands around his wrists and tugged them away. “But there’s a long line behind me and I’m choosing not to join the queue.”

    “Don’t.” He refused to let go of her hands when she tried to release them, brought them up between them. “Don’t toss this aside.”

    “I don’t do casual.”

    “There won’t be anything casual about it.”

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Grade 
11/07/2014

Review

Off The Grid by Karyn Good.
The tag line "She wants to save the world. All he wants is a date." Perfectly describes the opening scenes. Sophie Monroe captures my attention in the first paragraph. Her surroundings are unexpected. The snow fall on Christmas Eve cannot cover the detritus of the place she plans to save.
But it is Christmas Eve and she is reluctantly going on a date with Caleb Quinn, the hero. She is going under duress because it promises to raise funds for things her clients need.
The author Karyn Good keeps the suspense tight and the romance sparking as the evening quickly changes from the expected to danger.
Sophie and Caleb are surprised at every turn and assumptions are disproved.
Karyn Good had this reader guessing as she cautiously revealed information similar to the inhabitants in her neighbourhood.
This is a story which never loses sight of it's purpose, to keep the reader in suspense as well as being able to watch a romance flourish.
I recommend it for an entertaining read.

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    10/25/2014

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    Dr. Sophie Monroe is ready to set the record straight with sexy (pretentious) Caleb Quinn. She is going to prove to him that she is way more woman than he can handle with her sexy black dress all the while making sure he knows he can't have her. She spends her days taking care of the homeless, the poor and the needy at her inner city clinic. Looking out for those who either can’t or won’t look out for themselves. Caleb Quinn is a lawyer, enough said.

    Caleb Quinn just wants to prove to the sexy doctor that he isn't the pompous ass that she thinks he is. So when she calls at the last minute to tell him that she will not be spending Christmas Eve with him at the fundraiser for HER cause, due to an emergency at her downtown clinic, he drops everything to be her knight in shining armor.

    Could two people possibly be more different? Probably not, but when united to save the future of a young girl and her newborn son they come together to take on one of the most powerful men Vancouver’s inner city has ever seen.

    This is an intriguing tale. The characters are interesting and at times funny. I felt the frustration of both Sophie and Caleb and their plight. The plot moves quickly and held my interest a little too well; I would have read it at red lights if people behind me hadn’t kept honking.

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