Meet Deirdre Shercroft, real estate executive and the occasional holiday delivery girl for her family’s gift basket business. Having recently had a one night stand with Michael Pennington, commercial real estate magnet, Deirdre is left confused as to why he didn’t call although he promised to. Despite it all, thoughts of that one night still fanned flames inside her.
Now a few months later, while delivering Thanksgiving baskets to the wrong apartment, she is forced at gunpoint into a hidden drug operation. Taken aback, she is thrust into a hostage situation that has brought her face-to-face with Michael Pennington and his young son.
In such a deadly situation where the meth dealers threaten to blow up the building, the two lovers realize that communications were sent but were never received. Furthermore, they share they both felt the same way about each other. Fortunate to see each other again, they must use their wits and cunningness to escape and get a second chance together.
This is the first romantic suspense novella I have read by Jeanne Adams and I must say -- it certainly packed a lot of punch in under 100 pages. It had all the elements of unrequited love, suspense and drama from start to finish. The characters were well developed and the balance between the romance and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat
A must read. Two thumbs up.
Some of my favorite lines:
Bottom line, though, her feelings, her heart mattered. If they were going to die here, she had to know.
“I waited for a call. A text. An email.” When he just stared at her, she sighed. “I understand about Henry’s accident, but it’s been almost three months and not a word from you. We may die here, but it’s not like the movies. You can’t just pick up where we left off. I’ve been used before and left alone. I’ve been lied to. I won’t let that kind of hurt happen again.”
Michael was shaking his head. “I called your office as soon as we got back to the states, three weeks ago,” he protested. “Left messages.” He took a deep breath. “I know guys say that, but I did. I…I wanted to talk to you, Deirdre. What I felt that night…” His voice trailed off.
Her heart clenched at his words. He’d felt it too.
Rating: 5 stars