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Friday, September 17, 2010

Don’t Look Back by MJ Fredrick

Don’t Look Back by M.J. Fredrick
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (256 pgs)
Heat Rating: Sensual
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

When her best friend is kidnapped in Africa, Dr. Liv Olney must return to the scene of her own horrific captivity. The only man she trusts is former Army Lt. Gerard “Del” Delaney, the man who rescued her. Even with him, she can't relinquish control of her emotions, needing to keep painful memories at bay.

Del takes honor seriously, but sometimes neither honor nor humanity are found in the orders he receives. In exile after a court martial that stripped him of everything, he misses his son and his country. When Liv asks for help, his instinct is to turn away. But her courage reaches out to him and he cannot refuse, especially when she promises that she can help clear his name so he can go home.

Together they travel to Africa, where they fight warlords and monsoons, and learn to trust and hope that, together, they can find happiness and peace.

A battered woman will need to relive her terrifying experience, and a defeated and betrayed man is the only one who can help her. But is a future possible for these downtrodden people who Don’t Look Back?

Ms Fredrick gives us an explosive, riveting novel in Don’t Look Back as she produces a realistic plot filled with covert ops in a backwater small principality in Africa run by a blood thirsty warlord. She weaves her story with the hard knocks dialogue one would expect from paramilitary operators as she simultaneously, with a descriptive and horrifying narrative, paints pictures in her readers' minds of the horrors that only humans can inflict upon each other. She doesn’t use excessive words to do it, her writing it tight and strong, and I don't believe you will find a better told story in twice the amount of pages.

Her characters are exceptional in their portrayals of the good and the bad but it’s her hero, Del and her heroine, Olivia who really steal the show as she shows her audience just what the couple is made of. We readers can’t help but yearn with the couple as they, in the face of death and torture, show their strength in their fight for survival and for their almost impossible happy ever after.

Ms. Fredrick's romance is poignant, tearful, painful and tender and, as can expected because of the trials her characters go through, her love scenes are filled with urgency, tension and their thought that this might be end, not only for the romance but for their very existence. Like me, I’m sure you will find yourself pulling for these very deserving people for their ride into the sunset.

If you are the kind of fan who can’t get enough of seat of your pants excitement, who loves terror filled moments followed by harrowing rescues and, in the mist of it all, a love affair that beckons to the romantic in us, all then go no farther. In “Don’t Look Back”, you'll find a novel to fill all those needs. However, please take my advice and ask your doctor first if your heart can take the kind of pressure your emotions will put you through between these pages.

Ms. Fredrick, I can’t wait for your next work because you have just earned a fan for life.