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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dead Again by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Dead Again by Tracy Cooper-Posey
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (205 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

A small plane crashes in the Rockies and the only two survivors, Jack and Sophie, help each other live until rescue arrives, seven days later. Only Sophie goes on to pick up the pieces of her life, which has now been irrevocably changed by big, gentle Jack’s love…and death.

But Sophie learns that Jack’s death didn’t close that chapter of her life, after all. A drifter called Martin holds the key to her heart, alongside a deadly secret. Combined with a corrupt and desperate police chief and her pressure-cooker life as a single mother in a small town, they plunge her head-deep into the aftershocks caused by those seven days in the mountains. The consequences will reach out to rock state governors, district attorneys and one of the deadliest crime lords in the land, and all of them have reason to react. For Sophie, life is about to change again…for the worse.

They saved each other then lost each other, but for both of them the call of the guardian mountains and the memory of an unbreakable bond pull them back to the mountains looking for something precious. There is an empty spot in each of their hearts that can only be filled by that one special person.

When they finally meet again, the “take-care-of” love, like they had on the mountain ledge, springs to life in full force. Each wants to make life better for the other.

Sophie, now divorced with two children, works long, hard hours to keep her cafĂ© running, keep up her home, and nurture her children with the help of Jinni who lives with them. Money is always tight, so what she can’t do in the way of repairs goes undone. Added to this the Police Chief Peter Gallenson wants her for his own, but Sophie doe not want him. He is overbearing and loves the power he has in the little town of Serenity Falls.

When Martin Stride, a drifter, comes to town, Sophie defends him against bullies, but the underhanded Gallenson wants the drifter gone and tries to make it happen. Martin doesn’t leave and the conflicts create breathtaking reading.

Martin (aka Jack) has moved around continuously for years to escape an assassin. But he longs for a place to call home. He is a polite, considerate, laconic, hardworking man. When Sophie offers him a room in her home, he accepts knowing that fate will probably catch up with him here if he stays long. But the overwhelming need to be near Sophie outweighs all else. The added bonus of children to share time with and books to read is like manna from Heaven.

The mystery, suspense, and intrigue that surround Jack and the personal conflicts that boil up in the little mountain town make Dead Again a story that makes you hold your breath as it unfolds. However, the caring love that grows deeper and truer each passing day is the essence of the story. Jack and Sophie’s pure wanting to be with each other, to feel complete, to take care of each other make when they finally come together to make love especially satisfying.

Tracy Cooper-Posey’s remarkable descriptions, her ability to keep tension high and love pulsating like magic in the lives of the hero and heroine captures one’s mind and imagination and holds on to the very last word of Dead Again.