THREAT OF DANGER
Dana Marton, author
Montlake Romance, Publisher
Published June 5, 2018
Falling in love can be a deadly proposition in this pulse-quickening Mission Recovery novel from the New York Times bestselling author.
Jess Taylor and Derek Daley were in the throes of first love in a small Vermont town when they were kidnapped by a serial killer. They escaped his clutches—but not the trauma of the unsolved crime. With their lives changed forever and their romance cut short, they went their separate ways to exorcise their fears.
Jess is living on the edge as Hollywood’s hottest stuntwoman. It’s no longer terror thrumming through her veins. It’s adrenaline. Derek is a former Navy SEAL spinning his ordeals into heart-pounding bestselling thrillers. But when Jess is called home on a family emergency, she must face the past—and face the man she left behind, who is just as haunted and, like her, still so much in love.
Now, as an old flame reignites, Jess and Derek are taking advantage of second chances and putting their bad memories behind them. But here, in the quiet town of Taylorville, a killer is getting a second chance as well.
Be very afraid! I was.
I’m still afraid.
The author brings us a story of romance, more than that, romantic suspense as taut as any I’ve read. Jess and Devon are both successful, both likable, courageous and both determined with a strength of character born of necessity.
As a teen, Jess lived next door to popular athlete Devon and she has had a crush on him for a very long time until finally, Devon noticed her and the circumstances of that evening would shape both of their lives forever. The events of the following days are tragic yet illustrate the resourcefulness of the human spirit. Family, both birth family and family of circumstances, play an important role that is integral to the story.
The imagery, the crows watching and waiting, creates an ominous tone which is well deserved. A group of crows is called a murder of crows; a fitting name. The crow is associated with the great mysteries of life and an omen of death. This is the setting for the first close encounter of Jess and Devon as well as for their re-acquaintance ten years later.
In the intervening ten years, Jess left her hometown and hasn’t returned. She hasn’t seen Devon and doesn’t want to see him. She can’t bear the thought of returning to her hometown. Devon, on the other hand, has been keeping up with Jess’s career as a stunt woman, through his time in the military and after his return home following capture and six months as a POW in Afganistan. Jess has barely left his mind.
Jess’s work as a stunt woman requires that she be fit, strong and have a sense of constant awareness. Never again will she be vulnerable. Devon has become a protector and he will not allow his loved ones to suffer harm. Evil is hiding in plain sight.
Holy smokes, this riveting romantic thriller won’t let you go until the very end and even then has a grip on your emotions. A stunning story!