Manhunt by Lillie Spencer
Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (124 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla
Sometimes you have to forget it all to remember what really matters.
Michael Brennan's life and career come to an abrupt halt when he receives a phone call telling him the love of his life, Nikki Wright, is in the hospital after another attack by her ex-boyfriend Sebastian Cross. Rushing back to Hershey, PA, Michael turns up at Nikki's hospital bedside covered in Sebastian's blood and tells her they have to leave immediately.
Though her injuries have induced amnesia, Nikki inherently feels she can trust this man with her life. Soon, they find themselves on the run from both their own troubled pasts and authorities hunting for Sebastian's killer. With each new day and each touch drawing her further into Michael's embrace, Nikki remembers more about this fugitive she once loved, and who still loves her enough to risk everything to protect her and keep her safe. But can she love a man who just might be a murderer?
Would you put the future of your career – and quite possibly your life – on the line for someone you love? Michael Brennan would, but only for his childhood friend and ex-girlfriend, Nikki Wright. He’d even go so far as to kidnap her from the hospital and take her on the run in order to keep her safe. But the trouble is… she doesn’t know who he is.
Michael Brennan is an intense and driven man. But on the inside, he’s loving, caring, and would do anything for Nikki, no matter what the cost. His devotion to her is pure and I really enjoyed the idea that he did all of this for her, without the promise of anything in the end. No one knows if she’ll ever get any or all of her memory back, so he does this all out of the love he has for her. Sure, he hopes she’ll remember him and all the good times they’d had, but there isn’t any certainty that she will.
Nikki Wright is by far the most interesting character in this novel, simply because she has no idea who she is – or was. In getting her memory back, piece by piece, she rediscovers who she was and readjusts her ideas of who she wants to be. I really enjoyed the fact that she was so realistic in her response to Michael as well. She went from complacent, to angry, to understanding as her comprehension of the situation became clearer. Too often the heroine in this sort of predicament is either completely for or against her kidnapper, but Nikki had a nice run of emotions, making her more authentic to me.
I’m a bit conflicted about this book. While I really liked the characters and enjoyed watching Michael help Nikki regain her memories, the whole reason they took flight doesn’t make a whole lot of sense – at least to me – in the grand scheme of things. The re-ignition of their love story, however, fully makes up for any oddness I felt. Manhunt is a sweet and exciting story of two lovers rediscovering their pasts and working towards a better future for them both.