Thursday, February 03, 2011

Kiss and Tell - Cherry Adair

Marnie Wright has seen more than her fair share of testosterone, having grown up with four over-protective brothers. But now a longhaired mountain man named Jake Dolan has invaded a peaceful day of soul-searching at her grandmother's old cabin. Sure, she was trespassing on his private property, but did he have to pull a gun on her? After being stashed in his secret underground lair--complete with security monitors and a huge arsenal--Marnie realizes the guy is military, top secret military. Yet he also has the most beautiful mouth she has ever seen.

The last thing Jake wants in his dangerous life is a woman. Doesn't like them. Doesn't need them. But a man would have to be dead not to fall for someone who may be killed just for being close to him? His days, after all, are numbered...

Kiss and Tell is the second in the TFLAC series. I'm guessing The Mercenary is first, one of my biggest issues with this book and the TFLAC series, is I can't figure out the book order list.

When Marnie Wright goes to her grandmother's cabin, shortly after her grandmother dies, in order to think out her life, she doesn't expect to meet a mercenary who pretty much has received a burn notice. When a storm blows in and a tree falls on her cabin in the middle of the night, she is 'rescued' by Jake Dolan (and her Great Dane Duchess).

But the bad guys or baddies as Marnie calls them, are running rampant in the woods, dressed in spy gear (that Jake invented by the way) and speaking a special language known only to TFLAC members, Jake can't believe that his own team is there to erase him.  Trouble is, no one knows where he is and he hasn't been followed.  His lair was completely built by him over several years AND no one knows about it, the only people that even knew he owned the property are dead, and dead men don't talk.

So, of course, someone knows where he is.  Throughout their hiding out, sparks fly but Jake is still leery that Marnie can be trusted and until he can be positive that she isn't there to slice him up or turn him over to the baddies, he tries his best to keep his distance.  When he finds out exactly why Marnie needs her backpack so badly, he realizes the need is immediate to get her off the mountain, thus starting a deadly chain of events.

Notable Quote:
"What evidence" she asked indignantly.  Then, without waiting for him to answer, she said crossly, "I don't care if they found you pushing up marigolds with soil on top of your head and the roots in your teeth.  You're no mole!"

I really enjoyed the banter (even the one sided conversation cause Marnie was chatty).  Marnie was no wallflower, she wasn't afraid to get in and get dirty and her sass made me laugh out loud several times.  Jake was a wounded soul and Marnie wasn't out the change him, which was one reason I really loved this story.  Their spark was immediate but the trust was slow to come.  The traitor was a complete surprise, and the dog and her place in the story was wonderful.  Can't wait to read about the brothers.

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