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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Breaking Daylight by M. J. Fredrick

Breaking Daylight by M. J. Fredrick
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (166 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Touching her crosses the line…and shoots his code of honor all to hell.

Sergeant Alex Shepard is all about getting the job done. That single-minded purpose helps him forget the fact he hates the jungle as he leads his Special Forces team in search of Honduran drug lord Santiago Saldana. His quarry eludes him, but the woman left behind in the compound is the next best thing. Saldana’s mistress—an American woman who clearly puts her own pleasure over right and wrong.

Isabella Canales has been Saldana’s prisoner for four long years. Worse, he’s taken away her most precious possession. Except Alex doesn’t believe a word of it. The clock is ticking, and she’s frantic to do anything to convince him to take her home. Even agree to serve as bait to draw Saldana out.

As they push through the tangled jungle dodging bullets and ambushes, Alex fights his growing respect for Isabella’s determination—and an attraction that’s impossible to resist, whatever she’s done. But Saldana never lets go of what’s his. And betrayal is his deadliest weapon…

Four words sum up how I feel about M.J. Fredrick’s Breaking Daylight – I loved this book!

The beginning set the tone, luring you in with the promise of tension, danger, and suspense. A woman on the run from the drug lord who has kept her prisoner meets the Special Forces Sergeant sent to take him down. From the moment Isabella and Alex meet on the page, there are fireworks, and that spark engages the interest of the reader from start to finish.

Alex is the kind of hero I love most – gruff on the surface, yet something else all together on the inside. Tortured by events in his past, he lives his life on a black and white scale. There is no grey area; no middle ground. With him, what you see is what you get, and trust is a luxury he cannot afford. His cruelty to Bella is hard to swallow at times, but as you get to know him, you’ll understand it’s a defense mechanism. As the story progresses, he transforms from the unwitting rescuer to the protector Bella needs. It’s amazing to witness, and an absolute joy to read.

As for Bella…well, there is definitely more to her than meets the eye. She’s a beautiful girl who made foolish decisions and has paid dearly for them. I can’t reveal too much about her, as it could potentially spoil the story, but I will tell you I enjoyed getting to know her as much as I did Alex. She’s a wonderful heroine – emotional when she needs to be, yet tough when the situation calls for it.

I couldn’t put this story down. The writing is stellar, the characters are fantastic, and the plot keeps you on your toes. Anytime you find a book that clutches your heart, makes you tear up, and doesn’t let go, you know you’ve found a winner. Make sure you put Breaking Daylight on your TBR list (I would recommend you purchase it right now to avoid missing out), you won’t regret it.