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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mountain's Echo

Mountain's Echo by Debbie Gould
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Danger, Maggie, Danger! Will betrayal be a thing of the past or part of the future?

Maggie and Jake had a past ten years ago that neither wanted to ever revisit. But when Maggie's brother, Scott, is severely wounded, Jake has to call Maggie for help.

After a ten year absence, Maggie and Jake are thrown together again in an intense struggle to save not only her brother, but themselves, as the men after Jake and Scott are closing in.

The two must find a way to work through the betrayal of the past and work together to save their future. Will betrayal be a thing of the past or part of the future?

This story begins in the dark of night with Jake and Scott, secret operatives, inside a compound from which a gun and drug smuggling organization operates. They are almost caught, but escape in a running gun battle that takes place in the dense forest of the mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Scott is seriously injured but going to a hospital for care will surely sign their death warrant. As a last resort they call Maggie to ask her to come save her brother’s life. Her arrival sets the real story in motion.

Mountain’s Echo is a love story on several levels. The love siblings have for each other, the love friends have for each other, and the love soul mates have for each other. In the name of love Jake, Scott, and Trina cause much heartache for the ones they love the most. By making sacrificial decisions they create conflicts that prove to be emotionally devastating for everyone involved.

With flashbacks and present time events, Ms. Gould takes the reader on a stressful, soul-searching time of reunion for Jake and Maggie who parted on heartbreaking terms ten years before. Scott, Maggie’s brother as well as Jake’s best friend and business partner, is an important part of what has happened in the past as well as a major part of the present events.

When Maggie, a trained medical person, flies from Vermont to New Mexico to take care of Scott’s wounds the tensions is palpable. Maggie has made a life for herself but has never gotten over what her much-loved brother and Jake, the love of her life, did ten years before. In their effort to do what they thought was best for her, they hurt her beyond belief. Consequently, they joined the army and become special operatives and later formed their own secret operations company, risking their lives repeatedly.

The reader gets to be a part of the unraveling of the web that has held each of them so entangled in the past and sets each of them free.

Ms. Gould writes truly sensual loves scenes as well as she takes the reader into the physical pain Maggie suffers at the hands of the powerful drug and gun runners that Jake and Scott have tried to bring down. One more thing, while Trina comes late to the story, she is vital to the HAPPY-EVER-AFTER we all hope for. Mountain’s Echo reverberates the declaration of love that makes Debbie Gould’s story a satisfying read.