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Friday, August 26, 2011

Lone Defender by Shirlee McCoy

Lone Defender by Shirlee McCoy
Publisher: Love Inspired/Harlequin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (218 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Aloe

When private investigator Skylar Grady finds herself abandoned in the Arizona desert, she knows two things. First, her "simple" case tracking a deadbeat dad has someone spooked. Second—that someone will kill to keep her off the trail. So even when her rescuer, former patrol agent Jonas Sampson, wants her to leave, Skylar knows she's staying. No one gets rid of her that easily. If Jonas wants her safe, then he'll have to stick by her side. But her new partner is a mystery, too—one Skylar will risk her heart to solve.

If you were drugged and woke up in the middle of Sonoran Desert, what would you do? Skylar got up and attempted to walk out…

This author has a long list of books she has written, but this is the first one of hers I have read. I was impressed by this one, so I will be looking for more of her work in the future.

Ms. McCoy creates two strong characters who have had sorrow in their lives. Skylar is an ex-cop whose partner and fiancĂ© were dirty. She was forced to kill him and barely survived her own injuries in the gunfire that resulted. She can’t believe she couldn’t see him for what he was and is determined not to jump into any new relationship, doubting her own judgement. She’s now a private investigator.

Jonas was a border patrol agent whose wife and unborn child were murdered because he was good at what he did. When Jonas finds Skylar and attempts to get her transported out of the desert, they suddenly find themselves the target of a number of gunmen who want them dead!

These two characters are spirited, feisty, stubborn and determined; they clash. The banter between them is what makes reading this story so much fun. The author has a Christian theme included, but it fits the story as the two wounded characters try to move away from the past and towards the future. They have to survive the present to get there, though!

Ms. McCoy writes a good, action packed story with witty repartee and danger all around. Jonas is determined to protect Skylar; she’s determined to take care of herself. It’s hard to tell who’s going to win that contest.

You’ll keep turning pages to see what happens to Skylar next and hoping that the two main characters will survive so they can have a relationship. This also happens to be a pretty good mystery, even if the romance seemed more important to me. Why don’t you give it a read and see what you think?