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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Last Resort by Rolynn Anderson

Last Resort by Rolynn Anderson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Holiday, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (271 pages)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Iris

Corporate fixer Rena Gordon needs to wrench a Canadian resort out of the red in time for the Canadian-American Winter Games—but employees bent on sabotage are blocking her every move. When her loose-cannon sister arrives after being kicked out of yet another school, Rena must face the past she's worked so hard to hide, while fighting her attraction to a local fishing guide.

CIA agent Neal Jackson is undercover as a fishing guide to find terrorists at Big Bay. He needs Rena's confidence to access her employee files without exposing his identity, but despite his vow to keep a professional distance, his feelings for her are anything but businesslike.

Caught between vengeful employees, a sister who likes to party, and a hot CIA agent—Rena’s corporate training didn't prepare her for this. Can she trust her instincts to save the people and resort she's grown to love?

Readers are in for a wild ride when a stressed heroine and a man who isn’t what he seems connect and fall in love at the worst possible time in either of their lives.

Rena Gordon has a ton on her plate. Not only is her job overly challenging, she has a family member show up to rock the boat. Rena also has skeletons in the closet that come out to play amidst possible saboteurs, and that’s just for starters. I liked that she wasn't a quitter and was actually pretty smart. A strong heroine and perfect for the hero.

CIA agent Neal Jackson might be faking it as a fishing guide but he can’t hide from the truth of his feelings for the intrepid Rena. He’s a macho and professional guy and I enjoyed how he just couldn’t keep those pesky emotions of love and attraction at bay.

It’s not often I get to see a fishing resort used as a romantic location. It seems a little strange, but the author sure pulled it off. In fact the whole thing was well crafted and I was pretty happy with the results.

Ms. Anderson did an excellent job of keeping me on my toes. Readers are going to find lots of intrigue and deception as well as intricate story threads that at first seem disconnected but come together for an amazing and exciting conclusion. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the “bad guy” was, and certainly the author did a bang-up job of keeping me guessing.

Another aspect of the book I appreciated was that the drama and suspense were light enough to be an enjoyable read – no heavy darkness to endure.
The sensual tension between Rena and Neal was entertaining and made it quite romantic. Last Resort also has the benefit of being a book both mainstream romance readers and romantic suspense readers can get into because it was perfectly balanced between the two. The best part is the wonderful happily ever after.

Secondary characters are integral to the plot movement. Rena’s sister causes conflict and interest with her penchant for partying and the employees who may or may not be bad guys kept me guessing. I appreciated that the author didn’t paint the bad guys with a broad brush. In Last Resort, the guys in the story are specifically radical Muslims bent on terrorism and mayhem. The author was clear on that.

Last Resort is an interesting read that will keep your nose firmly planted in its pages. Make sure you leave enough free time to enjoy this one from cover to cover!