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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Until It's Gone by Karen Wiesner

Until It's Gone, Book 5 in the Wounded Warriors Series by Karen Wiesner
Publisher: Uncial Press
Genre: Mainstream, Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (220 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Mitch Taylor has been playing a very dangerous game, and the lines between black and white, good and evil, saint and sinner are all blurred. Just when he thinks the stakes can't get any higher, in steps the only woman who could ever hurt him and the only one who can heal him. In the space of a skipped heartbeat, he can't imagine having more to gain...and more to lose.
“Unconditional love” for someone that seems so unlovable is a constant throughout Until It's Gone as Brenda Bennet reaches out to Mitch Taylor even after he has broken her heart. She makes herself vulnerable to all kinds of hurt yet she cannot turn off her feelings for Mitch regardless of what he has done. Her decision to tell Mitch about the precious ten-month-old Haylee makes the emotional stakes even higher. When Mitch’s job brings danger to them all, the suspense escalates to a fever pitch.

Mitch Taylor, a hardcore undercover DEA agent, is haunted by abuses in his childhood and the disappearance of his sister when she was twelve years old. He is bitter about the betrayal of his supervisors but continues in his job even though it costs him his self-respect because they have the key to his finding his sister.

Karen Wiesner sustains an undercurrent of suspense with sub plots that filter into the love and lives of Brenda, Mitch, and Haylee keeping the reader at top alert for machinations that can rip their lives apart. She also creates situations that keep the reader guessing about which characters can be trusted and which ones are willing to use any body and any means to reach their own goals regardless of the fallout—some good foreshadowing.

The intrigues, personal agendas, and diverse characters make Until It's Gone a multifaceted story that is emotionally charged.