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Friday, October 9, 2009

In Two Weeks by Jenni Holbrook

In Two Weeks by Jenni Holbrook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (279 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Restless and bored, NY State Trooper Jared Blake accepts a transfer from his position in Lake George. Jared craves the rush of adrenaline and his current post is too tame. As soon as he moves, his career will take off, but now his longtime friend is threatened by a stalker. Jared has exactly two weeks to find out who is behind these threats. And in two weeks, he will lose his heart forever.

Ryan O'Connor has the world at her fingertips. She's strong, feisty, and has everything she's ever wanted, except the right man. Jared represents everything Ryan doesn't want. He's controlling, overbearing, and now he's moving. Having had a crush on him for years, Ryan decides to seduce Jared. What harm can it do? But when Ryan's life is on the line, she realizes Jared might not be perfect, but he's the perfect man for her.

When I settled down to read In Two Weeks, I had no idea such a wonderful story lay in store. And let me tell you, it was one outstanding read!

Ryan is a woman I found myself sympathizing with time and again. Nothing is worse than unrequited love, especially when it’s a man you’ve adored for a considerable portion of your life. Watching the as she experiences what it would be like to have Jared, knowing full well that by the end of two weeks he would be gone…Some very emotional stuff there, and it played my heartstrings like a banjo each and every single time.

Jared is everything a man should be–gorgeous, strong, protective, loving. The moment he struts onto the page you’ll fall for him right along with Ryan. It’s not difficult to like him, even as he warns Ryan he can never love her and must leave for his new life in another city, because his estrangement isn’t personal. It’s about self-preservation, and keeping a safe distance from those that can do the most harm–the ones you love.

Of course, no story would be complete without a little mystery and suspense, and Ms. Holbrook delivers those in spades. I had my suspicions about who was stalking Ryan, but the reveal is done in such a way that even if you guess, you’ll be surprised at the outcome.

I positively loved In Two Weeks, and highly recommend it. The writing is wonderful, the story is fantastic, and the characters will keep you coming back for more. I can’t wait to get my hands on future installments of the NYS Troopers series.