Friday, March 30, 2012

Run From Fear - Jami Alden

Book Blurb:
More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn't need his protection anymore, but he can't get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he's ever loved.

In My Own Words:
Wanting nothing more than to forget about her horrible ordeal, Talia moves from Seattle to Palo Alto California.  Talia taking a job at a new restaurant/bar and Rosie finally starting college at prestigious Stanford.  Things are perfect but she is no longer terrified of her own shadow, putting one foot in front of the other and taking her life back.  Jack, on assignment, shows up and rocks Talia's quaint little existence.  When a series of events starts "gifts" showing up for Talia, Jack knows his presence is warranted no matter how much Talia wants to deny it.

Jack realizes that he would give his life to keep Talia and Rosie safe, but as he comes to that realization, Talia is slapped in the face with the knowledge that she has been having Jack's "help" for the past 2 years unbeknownst to her and she refuses to see him.  This in itself sets Jack's teeth to grinding, but when she refuses to see him and Rosie seems to also be missing, Jack bursts in to action.  Hoping against hope that he isn't to late this time...

Notable Quote:
Talia rolled her eyes. "It was probably just some dumb kid looking to steal beer..."
"Immediately," Jack bit out. "And if I don't answer, you call Danny, Derek or Ethan directly."
"Or me!" Ben interjected.
"Not Ben," Jack said with a smile so slight she wondered if she was imagining it. "He's an asshole."

I was very cautious about reading Talia's book as it could have easily become very cheesy with her past and the fact that Jack rescued her once before.  I was not disappointed at all.  I love that Talia wanted nothing more than to make it on her own.  I think that it was expertly written how she was incredibly pissed that decisions were made for her and without her knowledge.  The connection between Talia and Jack was evident from the first sighting in the bar with his first visit, but the fact that she didn't give an inch made watching their union all that more fun.  The villain was uber creepy, I kind of wish there had been a little more back story on him, from him being this genius with a horrible mother turning in to a serial rapist didn't jibe all that well with me.  I hope this series continues, I have enjoyed the Gemini men.

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