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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lethal Dreams by Anne Patrick

Lethal Dreams by Anne Patrick
Publisher: Whimsical Publications
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full (228 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Dr. Erin Jacobs is making a name for herself in the sports world. Drawing on her own life experiences, she encourages and inspires athletes to recover from career ending injuries. So why would someone want to hurt the good doctor?

Detective Logan Sinclair is determined to find that answer. He’s been mesmerized by Erin from the moment she found him and his partner shot in an alleyway. Since that night their lives have never been the same. Will Logan be able to solve the puzzle of who wants Erin out of the way before it’s too late? And if so, what impact will those answers have on their lives?

This tightly written, suspense packed story, only has one small flaw, for me. By the end of the book, I came away feeling Erin Jacobs was just too good to be true. And then I felt real mean, because she is such a wonderful caring and compassionate woman who’s used all life’s hard knocks to benefit those she helps. Anne Patrick feeds Erin’s background slowly throughout the story and each revelation takes you deeper into her past and all the clues are there, but the finale is a real shocker, and totally believable.

“She got on the car radio, gave their location, and reported officers down and in need of immediate medical attention.” This sentence confused me, because by this time we know what Erin’s occupation is, and it is a good while before this confusion is cleared up. Thus I was drawn out of a dynamic scene trying to puzzle out the anomalies when I should have been following the action. And yet this scene sets the up-coming action and responses.

Logan’s first meeting with Erin is in a dark alley when she administers to the gunshot wound he’s sustained. He’s conscious enough to recognise several puzzles about his rescuer to ensure he goes searching for her. He succeeds in his mission in the most unlikely of circumstances. From that moment on, he determines to break through her defensive barriers and persuade her there’s more to life than work.

First, together, they have to trounce an unknown enemy and come to terms with their pasts. One of the final twists in the plot creates a heart-warming and totally unexpected ending that ensures the reader will go searching for more of Anne Patrick’s books.

For those who enjoy sweet, inspirational romance, this is a book for you. For those who enjoy romantic suspense, you will not be disappointed. And for those who enjoy TOT (Triumph over Tragedy) stories, this is a book that has it all.