REVIEW: Pursuit by Elizabeth Jennings

Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:00
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Book CoverSandy M’s review of Pursuit by Elizabeth Jennings
Romantic Suspense published by Forever 1 Apr 08

When I originally learned that Lisa Marie Rice also writes as Elizabeth Jennings, I had to get my hands on one of her Jennings books. Pursuit was the first I found, and I’ve had it for a while now, always saying I’ll get to it soon. Well, soon has arrived and I have only one disappointment.

How can I be disappointed in a Rice/Jennings book? I can’t. The disappointment is my own, waiting so darned long to read a book I knew would be absolutely terrific. It wouldn’t matter what name this woman chooses to write under, for me she’ll never write a bad book. Ever.

Charlotte Court is on the run from a man who wants everything she’s got. He’s just killed her father to make sure that happens. He’s also blamed her for the murder, so a manhunt is on and Charlotte is running for her life. She ends up in a small town in Mexico where she is welcomed by a local restaurant-owning family. Her life is changed and starting anew, and once she’s settled again she’ll be out for vengeance while clearing her name.

Finally out of the hospital and starting the long road to full recuperation after being shot in Afghanistan, Navy SEAL Matt Sanders finds himself in Mexico, staying with an ex-military buddy while working himself to the bone to get body and mind back to where they should be. During those months, his angel sits on her beach-front back porch, keeping an eye on him as he works out. They never speak during this time, but they share common ground of coming back after terrible personal injury.

When they finally do meet face to face — during a fierce storm in which Charlotte nearly loses her life — Matt is determined to look out for her, protect her, and make sure she can eventually take care of herself. He’s the typical alpha male, all military rigid when it comes to protecting what’s his and Charlotte definitely belongs to Matt now. Charlotte wants to trust him, but doing so will only lead to trouble and perhaps his death. She refuses to lead him into peril after he’s worked so hard when he denied death before.

But the closer her pursuer gets, Charlotte finally realizes she needs help and there’s no one better than Matt who can keep her safe. What they don’t know is they’re up against two enemies: one who is taking over Charlotte’s life and one who is in pursuit to end the new one she’s just found.

Of course, total alpha male lover that I am, Matt makes this book for me. And the love scenes are hot, steamy, sizzling, erotic, and sexy as hell. Even the first aborted attempt between them is full of tension and is one of the best in the book. The story itself is intense, and we get a number of chapters from the villains’ points of view, one certainly more chilling than the other. Charlotte is a toughie, she learns quick to do things she never thought she’d have to, given her life to date, and she nearly outsmarts the bastard after her.

There’s four other Jennings books, two out before Pursuit and two out this year. I’m hunting each of them down, just as I have her Rice books. I’ve already made room on my keeper shelf for them.

SandyMGrade: A+

Summary:

A shocking betrayal…her father’s murder…and a life-threatening accusation…Heiress Charlotte Court has walked into a waking nightmare-one that sends her running from her wealthy home to anywhere she can hide.

Across the border in Mexico, Charlotte creates a new identity and finds refuge in the battle-torn arms of Navy SEAL Matt Sanders. Fleeing his past, Matt yearns to protect her and replace her pain with pleasure. But Charlotte can’t trust anyone, not even someone she’s starting to love. She knows she’s a target-and out of sight, a soulless killer is zeroing in on his prey…

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