Hello, and welcome back! We just had a couple nice days, and now it's cooling down again. April is such a fickle month, weather-wise. Good thing there are still so many books on my desk.
This time out, I have Pursuit (Grand Central Forever) by Elizabeth Jennings. Charlotte Court's life has just been turned upside-down: while spending time with her dying father, she's witnessed his murder by one of his own employees, who then tried to kill her by shooting her. Matt Sanders does danger for a living: he's a SEAL, but his last mission in Afghanistan really is his last, as he's far too wounded to return to active duty. Charlotte flees the men trying to finish her off, with no idea where to go. She winds up in Mexico, as does Matt when he comes to stay with an old friend to finish his recuperation, and to try to put himself back together. Neither has plans to fall in love, or even to get involved in a relationship, just to save themselves. But Charlotte also wants to save Matt after watching his struggles day after day. And these two wounded, lost souls find one another. But someone is still trying to find Charlotte, tracking her inexorably every step of her long journey. I'm not at all bothered by knowing from the beginning who the bad guy is when the author handles the story just right, as is the case here. Charlotte and Matt have scorching chemistry, too, until they finally hit the sheets, and that left something to be desired. Still, I enjoyed this story quite a lot, watching Matt's recovery and Charlotte's transformation from wounded woman to woman in love. It was a very quick read: a short afternoon of nothing but reading. This one reminds me a little of Annie Solomon, who writes far too slowly to suit me. Perhaps Ms. Jennings will write a little faster. (Or at least have her books out in the in-between times for Ms. Solomon's books.) I liked this one far better, too, than anything I've read by Karen Rose, whose work is being used in comparison to this. Everything I've read by Ms. Rose has read more to me as mystery than romance, and this is definitely a romance novel, thankfully. I'm giving this one three and a half of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!