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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hope and Prey by Sharon Horton

Hope and Prey by Sharon Horton
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (383 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

A date with destiny isn't what Kurt Reid has in mind the night he enters the "alley of convenience" he uses to meet informants. Yet destiny is what he finds in the crumpled form of a young woman. Kurt approaches slowly, and moments later he finds himself lying flat on his back. Kurt has just met Andrea "AJ" Summers, someone he senses is no ordinary woman.

Lovely and likable, AJ possesses other qualities that some see as dangerous. She's smart, brave, and very good with a gun. And though she tries to deny it, AJ admires, in Kurt, the same quality she possesses...fierce independence.

When AJ joins the underground newspaper Kurt works with, they soon learn that one of the criminals they are seeking is hunting AJ. Can they overcome their independent natures and learn to love and protect each other?

Men in black, some doing good and some doing evil, frequent dark alleys in the city.

A. J. Summers is one of these men’s prey and another of these men’s hope, even though she feels alone since the death of her parents and brother. A. J., having been absent from her homeland for many years, returns planning to be inconspicuous. She wants to live in peace. Past experiences haunt her. Placed in a situation at too early an age and then used as a scapegoat when things went wrong, she bears emotional and physical scars that influence many of her actions. A survivor with unique talents, A. J. is a strong heroine that suffers but continues to hope and work for a happy-ever-after.

Kurtis Reid, dresses in black and lives with lots of black memories. He is a man of mystery with his clandestine comings and goings that are expected an accepted by those who know him. His rescuing A. J. from a dark alley sets in motion events that make HOPE AND PREY an intriguing story about old atrocities and new evils. Driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, Kurt creates his own personal hell at times and threatens to sabotage his future happiness.

The secondary characters add tension, humor, friendship, duplicity, and cruelty to make the story come alive. The antagonist and traitor are smart and driven by their own desires, making them dangerous adversaries for A. J., Kurt, and their cohorts.

HOPE AND PREY is a riveting story. Sharon Horton grabs the reader’s attention from page one and takes her on a journey with many twists and turns that go from dark alleys, to the ocean, and to pristine, snow-covered mountains, from fear and desperation to a phenomenal love and hope for the hope. Some real surprises in this one!

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