Last Rights by Pamela Fryer
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (252 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Poppy
When private detective Fallon Monroe agrees to transport a clone across country for her nephew's lifesaving operation, she never expects to be thrust into a dangerous conspiracy. With anti-cloning fanatics after her, she has only her wits and special ops soldier John White to help protect the child—but her attraction to John is tempting her to break every rule she’s set for herself.
John can't remember his past. He just knows he must protect the beautiful woman who bursts into his life. But as his memory returns, John realizes he's not who—or even what—everyone thinks he is. Now he feels unworthy of Fallon, no matter how desperately he wants her.
Pursued by terrorists and bounty hunters, John and Fallon face a terrible decision, and Fallon realizes she will do anything to save the child and the man who have come to mean everything to her.
I’m still trying to catch my breath after reading Last Rights by Pamela Fryer. What a ride! Seriously, this book hits the floor running and never really stops. Even when things slow for a moment, in the background there’s always that knowledge that something is going to happen.
Last Rights tackles an interesting topic, and one that is very relevant: human cloning and organ harvesting. With the advances the scientific and medical communities are making today, this is something I suspect we’ll have to face. Maybe even in my lifetime.
The story follows a woman who is transporting her much-loved nephew’s clone in order to harvest its heart for transplanting. From the start, she’s in trouble—she’s pursued by anti-cloning fanatics, and then eventually by the entire country when she’s accused of breaking the law. Thankfully, although she’s a pretty capable person, she has help from an AWOL soldier, John White.
John’s a great character. He’s conflicted, flawed, strong and full of angst. He’s compelled to help Fallon and the clone and he doesn’t know why, but eventually he stays to help because he’s falling for them. For both of them. And the feeling is mutual.
The love scenes in this book were touching, hot and very appropriate. It reminded me a bit of the first Terminator movie where, with danger only possibly moments away, the need the protagonists had for one another became something they couldn’t resist. Sometimes, in romantic suspense novels, it’s as though the characters forget someone is after them and leap into bed. Not so, here. But their need is great. Desperate and filled with emotion.
I can’t tell you how strongly this book held my attention. The author has serious writing skills, and created real characters I cared about. I was turning pages as quickly as possible fighting the urge to peek at the end because I couldn’t imagine how this could end well.
Truly, my only complaint—and it isn’t much of one—is that, for a story set in the future, few things seemed truly different in the world. For a world who had perfected human cloning, the technology seemed to lag behind in everything else. There were the occasional nods to science fiction: stunners instead of guns, for instance, but even so the story felt as though it were set in today’s world. In some ways, that made it even more horrible. More real. Still, as a sci-fi fan, the lack of differences between the author’s world and ours was a bit frustrating.
Still, this is a book I loved. A book I’ve been blabbing about to anyone who will listen. It’s a book that will stay with me and one I’m so glad I read. I can’t recommend it enough. It was amazing.