This time out, I have debut author Christy Reece and the start of her 'Last Chance Rescue' series, Rescue Me (Ballantine). Eden St. Claire has spent much of the past seven years working for LCR--after the end of her life as she knew it. As a young woman, she'd been Devon Winters, with a horrid mother, doting stepfather and a strong young love for the older Jordan Montgomery. But her last night as Devon Winters left her with not only a broken heart from Jordan's rejection, but a broken body from an attack by unknown men immediately afterward. Now she eschews any emotional entanglements and does her job recovering kidnapped women and children all around the world very, very well. But her boss does a little meddling when he introduces Jordan into LCR, and her boss knows exactly what he's doing. Jordan did his own work as a highly trained spy for many years, but now he's ready for a change, and he really wants LCR to look for Devon who's been missing since that night seven years ago. He's unprepared, though, for the strong attraction between himself and the mysterious Eden. And when they have to work together on a case to try to break up a group selling women and children into sexual slavery, the attraction only heats up. Eden knows exactly who Jordan is, but he has no clue she's Devon. At least, not for a while. By the time he discovers her lies, he's gone and fallen in love with her, a fact that infuriates him. They can never work things out. This one had potential. It got off to kind of a slow start for me, though I can see the need to work in the backstory. I like that Eden/Devon grows into such a strong woman, but sometimes her motives aren't too pure. Jordan is mostly a likable hero, though I had some issues with his behavior several times throughout the story. I'm actually really looking forward to the next book in the series, with Eden's boss Noah as hero. I think Ms. Reece might just be an author to watch in the coming years. I'm giving this one three and a half of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!