Sunday, May 29, 2011

Finding Hope - Katie Reus

Twenty three years ago, Luke Romanov's childhood playmate disappeared without a trace. He's never stopped blaming himself. When the family he works for hires a woman identical to his childhood friend, he'll stop at nothing to discover her true identity, even if it means betraying her. What few memories photographer Hope Jennings has of her past aren't pretty. The monsters from her nightmares make it impossible to completely erase her violent history, but she's living her life one day at a time. Hired to photograph a wealthy family's ancestral home in the Caribbean, she expects to work hard, get the job done, and go home. Instead, Hope finds unexpected passion in the arms of the family's sexy and dangerous security expert, who has the power to destroy the safe life she's built for herself. When someone from her past targets her to die, Hope doesn't know who to trust. Will Hope and Luke find the answers they need before it's too late?

Luke is sent to the Key's to strike a deal with an up and coming photographer to take pictures of his family friends home in Cuba.  This should be an open and shut kind of thing until he sets his eyes on Hope.  She is strikingly familiar and he can't help but think, "can this be her?"  Hope has been trying to make a name for herself in the photography world for some time, and an opportunity like the one just handed to her, could really boost her portfolio.  Putting some haunting dreams and prank calls on the back burner, Hope heads to Cuba with the handsome Luke, having a strange feeling she has met him before.  Once they make it to Cuba, all hell breaks loose, she is attacked, and told to stay hidden for 3 days with Luke before returning, she will in essence be dead for 3 days.  While in hiding, her feeling for Luke begin to take hold.  After the 3 days time, they head back to Miami, Luke not being certain the danger is truly over.  While in Luke's kitchen, she comes face to face with her twin, a twin she didn't know existed.  The family she never new was there for her, after being on her own for so long.  With the threats coming at her from all angles, who can she trust?  Is there a future for her?

Notable Quote:
"Five minutes in real time or in Hope time?"  (Hope having lived on "Key West Time" was notoriously running a little late)

I really liked the concept of this book.  Hope was strong willed and didn't trust easily.  Mac was the protective father (and I adored him), but she had this whole other family that wanted nothing more than to get to know her.  A quick read, but worth it.  The part I found lacking was the end.  I think an epilogue could have handled some of the "left out" parts.  Mac, Hope's adopted dad, had become close to Hope's mom, and that seemed to upset her biological dad, but nothing came of that.  Maria was having a secret relationship, but other than a brief mention, that was never brought up again.  Several other details could have been wrapped up in another chapter, but instead I was left....wanting a conclusion.  

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