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Monday, June 14, 2010

Resurrecting Charlie’s Girl by Debra Kayn

Resurrecting Charlie’s Girl by Debra Kayn
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (88 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

On the run and in hiding, Charlise wasn't surprised that her ex-husband found her again at the hunting lodge. The sick bastard would stop at nothing to have her back, and that included murder. Abused and a former shell of herself, she wants to find the woman she was before ever meeting the elusive Jared Blatwell. This time her ex catches up with her and it appears that her time has run out.

Coming off a three-day stakeout, Tom Brannet looked forward to the hunting trip with the other men from G.P. Investigations. Rest, relaxation, and a little hunting is exactly what he needed.

Instead, he's thrown back into his job protecting the beautiful woman behind the counter at The Ridge. No longer the hunter, he does everything in his power to keep Charlise from being the prey. Unable to stop Jared Blatwell from finding his ex-wife, Tom and his partners set up a trap that goes terribly wrong.

This book starts off with a bang (quite literally) and never slows down. Murder, stalking, abuse, fear ... it permeates the first few pages and sucked me right into the story, which fast became one I didn’t want to put down.

Charlise is a strong heroine, determined to do what she has to in order to protect herself and unwilling to put others in the line of fire. Still, when her abusive ex-husband finds her, she’s forced to trust a group of men in order to stay safe.

One of these men, Tom, finds himself inexplicably attracted to this woman in peril and becomes her number one protector. Time after time, he does what he must in order to keep her safe and to help her become the woman she was before her brutal ex-husband robbed her of her self-confidence. He helps her become Charlie’s Girl.

With scene after scene of action and suspense, Ms. Kayn does a fabulous job keeping the reader on their toes. I was turning pages almost before finishing them in order to find out what happened next. If the speed in which Tom and Charlise fall for each other seemed a bit rapid, and if the regular use of her nickname, “Charlie’s Girl”, grated on my nerves after a bit, they were small things that barely detracted from this well-written thriller.

I also wondered how her ex-husband, Jared, kept managing to find them no matter how cleverly they hid, but considering he had virtually unlimited funds and countless goons on his payroll, I suppose he had the means.

The author does a fabulous job making us care about Charlise, and helping us get to know not only Tom, but the rest of the group of guys who make it their job to take care of her. The characters are well-defined and unique and her writing is clean and strong.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and have high hopes that the author will write the stories of the other investigators as well. I’d really like to see them find their own happy-ever-afters.

If you’re looking for a quick read that will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a fun, touching ending, pick up a copy of “Resurrecting Charlie’s Girl”. It’s a winner.