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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Spy Who Saved Christmas by Dana Marton

The Spy Who Saved Christmas by Dana Marton
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Genre: contemporary, holiday, suspense/mystery
Length: Full Length (224 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Fennel

In one unforgettable moment, Lara Jordan broke all the rules in her play-it-safe handbook and spent an incredible night with Reid Graham, a practical stranger. But before she even had time to bask in her fearlessness, a suspicious fire stole him away and left her pregnant, heartbroken and alone. Until now.

Walking back into Lara's life after two years was never on the operative's agenda. Unfortunately, remaining "dead" was no longer an option once their baby boys were kidnapped. Now, Reid had to convince Lara she could trust he'd sacrifice his own life to bring their children home for Christmas--without admitting the mission might just come to that.

Looking for some edge of your seat excitement, plenty of heat and lots of action?  Look no further than this wonderful book from Dana Marton.  I can't say enough good things about it.  Let's start with the opening! What an opening. I was caught up and asking questions by the end of the first sentence, never mind the first page. And the pace rarely slackens. It is a book you will want to read to the finish without interruption. So when you pick it up be sure your friends and family understand you DO mean ‘no interruptions’.

Lara knows what she wants and when she is finally free to follow her dreams she doesn’t expect them to be derailed at her first sight of Reid Graham. Nor does she expect to understand her late mother’s concerns about her need for independence. Reid turns her world upside down in more ways than one, and Lara learns to cope with the curves life has thrown at her. She is no longer the young innocent full of dreams. She’s all about reality, which is just as well, for life is about to throw the granddaddy of all curveballs in her direction and she is no longer independent. She has responsibilities and dependents – infant twins - whose lives are threatened.  She is prepared to do anything necessary to ensure their safety.

Not only has the author presented a heroine to die for, her hero isn't bad either. Reid is a loner and his job is not appropriate for a man with family ties – but then, he doesn’t know he’s a father until Lara erupts into his life again. I followed the author’s skillful portrayal of Reid changing in a completely believable way before my eyes. His every thought and action is believable and understandable. His emotional struggle with his past beliefs and today’s reality endear him to Lara and her babies as well as to the reader.

The writing rarely slows beneath hectic and yet at no point did I feel overwhelmed or hustled by the constant velocity. Emotions are packed into every page. Mystery and intrigue ensure you’ll keep turning the pages. There’s love, betrayal, hatred and retribution, death and renewal, friendship and camaraderie. This book has it all. This book is a keeper and I strongly recommend it.