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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Surviving With Love by Rebecca J. Vickery

Surviving With Love by Rebecca J. Vickery
Publisher: Class Act Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (361 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Book Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Camellia

Sparks start flying when Stacey Parker meets ex-military, hostage-rescuer, Cord McConnell, and she begins to wonder if they will survive this assignment in the wilderness without killing each other.

Cord McConnell felt someone step from the woods. He wasn’t prepared for the sight of a young girl with a wild mane of strawberry blond curls who claimed to be his tracker. “I won’t wait on you if you fall behind and I don’t like whiners. I’m in charge and you do exactly as I say, regardless. Understand?”

“I won’t wait on you if you fall behind either, and whining is for dogs. You’re welcome to be in charge and I’ll follow orders when I agree with them,” She walked from the clearing without waiting to see if the man who sent her senses spinning would follow.

A spellbinding “all-nighter”, SURVIVING WITH LOVE has action, intrigue, suspense, LOVE, captivating settings, and a plot that snares the reader and keeps a firm grip to the very last page.

Stacey Parker is no milquetoast neither is she an aggressive female. She meets Cord McConnell’s disdain with equanimity. She sees right off that faulting him for his “super macho” ways would be like faulting a leopard for having spots or a rabbit for hopping. Protective and bossy are part of what he is just as much as his chocolate-brown eyes that stir up desire deep inside Stacey.

An expert tracker, Stacey knows the Bitterroot Wilderness of Eastern Idaho and does her job with patience, confidence, and in a professional manner. Her self-esteem and her heart are whole and healthy and her sense of humor and easy way with people make her a heroine to admire.

Cord McConnell, a scarred veteran of many hostage rescues has an abundance of personnel issues that keep him from emotional commitment; but as he baits Stacey only to be met with a dry sense of humor and an amazing work ethic, he realizes he is on new territory as far as male/female relationships are concerned.

The villains are smart but not smart enough and their use of children to reach their goals is reprehensible. They and other secondary characters help make this action-packed story memorable.

The smooth writing style and plot line are remarkable and the humor along with the sizzling undercurrent of that special kind of love keep the reader’s heartbeat revved and eyes racing across the page to find out what happens next.

Congratulations to Rebecca J. Vickery for creating a story with characters and scenes that will be remembered long after the book is read. I’m looking forward to reading more of this author’s work.