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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Proof of Life by Misty Evans

Proof of Life by Misty Evans
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (232 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Oleander

Blood ties run deepest—and deadliest.

Super Agent Series, Book 3

No matter how many times he patches the holes in the wall, CIA Deputy Director Michael Stone can’t forget the night a terrorist took him hostage in his own home. Or the mistakes that transformed him into an overwhelming force to keep his country safe. And now that his niece, the daughter of the Republican candidate for President, has been kidnapped just days from the election, Michael vows to do whatever it takes to get her back.

Dr. Brigit Kent, a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security, knows this particular kidnapper well. Exposing him, however, will reveal her sister’s secret ties to a terrorist group. The only way to keep her sister safe is to blackmail the sexy, rock-solid deputy director. A move that puts her directly in his line of fire.

Brigit is undeniably beautiful, brilliant, cunning. But is she friend or foe? The answer to that question could break Michael’s personal code of honor—and his heart.
Michael Stone is wounded beyond belief, not able to put his demons to rest, the past is eating him alive. The CIA Deputy Director has such a sense of failure from a botched hostage situation combined with so much guilt and a gut-wrenching sense of betrayal he finds every day, every minute, a struggle just to continue.

With no time to put his feelings into perspective he is thrust into a kidnapping plot, one that involves his niece Ella who is only six years old. Not to mention that Ella’s father is slated to be the next President of the United States. Just what the man doesn’t need. He is too busy wallowing in his own misery. Immediately I found Michael’s grief palpable and so heartfelt I wondered how he was going to make it another day. I found myself rooting him on scene by captivating scene, especially when the Brigit makes her appearance and pretty much blackmails Michael into helping her with her own family dilemma. Through the web of lies and deceit they have a common goal, get Ella back safe and sound and put whoever is responsible away for a long, long time.

Brigit was just great, if you love a sassy, intelligent, no-nonsense type of female that can hold her own and still be vulnerable at the same time, well, Brigit is your girl. A woman with a rather one-track mind, she makes a deal with Michael to get her sister Toni out of trouble. She only wants to protect the girl from herself, which means bringing her into custody. Where the drama captures you is that what you think it real isn’t, and when Brigit’s life starts to fall apart, she is now wanted in connection to Ella’s kidnapping, she loses her job, her house is destroyed, oh and she is falling for the one man that should be off limits.

Through the struggle of bringing Ella home safe and taking down those responsible for her abduction, two people find their hearts. Two people whose own lives are a total mess but learn that they can help each other in fighting their demons. I was so drawn to both Brigit and Michael as they discovered that they could trust and depend on each other, the non stop thrill ride and mystery of the story brought to an action-packed conclusion that will only leave you wanting more.

If you enjoy your romances with a lot of heart-felt drama and a lot of knock your socks off action, this is the book for you. Two lead characters who never let you down, who are real and whose own personal nightmares must be faced head on before it consumes them both make for a fantastic story.