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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Book Review: Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire

This is romantic suspense as I love it:  intense characters with a strong hero who thinks he isn’t good enough and a committed damsel in distress heroine.

Edge of Sight (The Guardian Angelinos) by Roxanne St. Claire

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446566586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446566582
   Genre: Romantic Suspense
    My Rating: 4.75 of 5.0

The killer she can't escape . . .
The heartbreak she can't forget . . .
The one man who can stop them both.

When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won't provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he's equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston's darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot...

Review:  Samantha “Sam” was a witness to a murder when she was 16. Unfortunately it turned out she identified the wrong man.  When the true killer confessed, Sam worked for three years to help gain the release of Billy, the innocent man she helped send to prison.  Billy and Sam became friends through the process and Sam decided she would go to law school to become a lawyer to help others like Billy.

In the process of freeing Billy Sam has exposed some sloppy police work in the investigation procedures. That has put her on the blacklist of the Boston Police department. When Sam witnesses another murder the police don’t want to rely on her eye witness report, much less protect her. But the killer knows Sam was a witness and is out to clean up loose ends.

As she is laying low Sam seeks the help of a good friend who is a serious reporter and may have contacts to get good police updates. Her good friend, Vivi, happens to be the sister of the man Sam fell in love with three years before. After a hot and heavy fling, Zach walked out and returned to the Army without any contact at all. Fortunately Sam’s activities with the Innocence Mission have helped her work through the pain of her heartache even if she hasn’t forgotten.

When Sam seeks Vivi’s help she runs smack into Zach who is back from the service with some serious disfiguring wounds. Zach doesn’t feel he’s good enough for Sam; he thinks she deserves someone whole. Although Sam doesn’t want his help he can see she is scared and he feels compelled to protect her.

Other members of the Angelino family are pulled together to form the PI/security firm to be known as the Guardian Angelinos. They soon discover that there is more than one person out to kill Sam.

There is nonstop action dodging one assassination attempt after another. The killer isn’t beyond using Sam’s friends as bait to draw her in, involving Billy and Vivi in deep trouble.  Meanwhile the heat between Sam and Zach doesn’t simmer, it boils.

Can the Angelinos protect their first client?? Will Sam forgive Zach and can he see his way to acknowledging his love for her?  Read this book to find out for yourself. You will be glad you did.
I look forward to reading more books in this series and more books by this author.
CAUTION: Some strong language - but it is worth the read.

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