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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Journey to Redemption by Anne Patrick

Journey to Redemption by Anne Patrick
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Ivy

Detective Morgan Reynolds thought her nightmare was over when serial killer Charles ‘The Slasher’ Tate was sent to prison for her husbands murder. But she was wrong. The Slasher has escaped and he’s making it even more personal this time. Tate has kidnapped her son and is giving her 72 hours to find the answers he wants or Jared dies.

It’s been a year since Morgan Reynolds’ husband was murdered by the villain, Tate, who has now escaped prison. Together with her partner Russo, she must find the cruel killer and get him back behind bars. Her one driving force is the love and concern for her small son who still struggles with his father’s death.

To complicate matters, a new lieutenant arrives on the force and Morgan finds herself working too easily by Chase McAdams’ side. He is not put off by her abrupt manner and to make him even more charming, he believes in her. Then Tate one up’s her, kidnapping her son, and all bets are off. Morgan is ready to risk her career, her heart, and her life, to save her only child.

Journey to Redemption is police drama that builds suspense while carrying a blossoming romance, all at a fast clip. The police work is believable and interesting. Morgan’s terror at her son’s disappearance and her efforts to rescue him are riveting. I found her steps to keep her relatives ignorant of the drama almost touching. She is definitely a lone desperado.

Chase is clever and patient. He makes the story all the more pleasant with his un-chauvinistic attitude and determination to get under Morgan’s skin. There’s something about a man not afraid to admit attraction, and who can pull it off without using a pickup line. Chase McAdams is a sweet hottie. Gotta love it.

I had one issue with this storyline, though it was necessary up to a certain degree. Building a romance within a fast-paced suspense is tricky. There were moments I questioned some of Morgan’s reactions to Chase, despite the attraction and budding feelings. After all, her child is in the hands of a killer. Despite the reservations, the romance is believable and sweet. Some of the timing just seemed a smidge off.

Journey to Redemption builds great suspense and has a creative twist to tie the loose-ends together. Ms. Patrick has developed a wonderful back story for this novel and it carries the plot along nicely. Her characters have the potential to carry another novel; her confident writing in this genre will make you want to pick up another one of her books. I plan to.