Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Trapped by Irene Hannon

Here's my review of this wonderful novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Irene Hannon and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Trapped" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Irene Hannon’s second novel in the Private Justice series, “Trapped”, is the suspenseful tale of a runaway teen and her half-sister/guardian who hires the Phoenix Investigations agency to find the girl.  Darcy thinks Laura’s house rules are strict, and Laura’s life is boring.  Darcy misses their deceased mother and carries other burdens that influence her decision to head to Chicago using her librarian-sister’s “stash cash”.  What Darcy doesn’t count on is a major snow storm that keeps her close to home.

Laura is very different from Darcy, but she didn’t think her sister would take off the way she did.  When a classmate of Darcy’s turns out to be related to the office manager for the Phoenix agency, Laura seeks the agency’s help to find the missing teen.  Another thing she didn’t count on was the strong attraction she has toward James Devlin, the chief investigator on Darcy’s case.

Dev is a former ATF Agent and a formidable investigator.  He pieces together the dead ends with the clues and his gut feelings to move forward in the investigation of Darcy’s disappearance.  Meanwhile, he is determined to keep his relationship with his client professional and impersonal, but he can’t shake the desire to be around her.  His growing feelings are baffling because “Librarian Laura” isn’t really his “type”.  But Laura is not your typical librarian and may be exactly what Dev needs to break free of his past and move into the future.

This book is a solid suspense read.  It is also a solid romance.  It’s one of those novels that you could stay up all night reading because the plot moves along at a strong and steady pace until the roller coaster ride sweeps you away to the finish.  Start this book close to your weekend so you don’t have to put it down too much.  Irene Hannon crafts fleshy characters that will make the reader look at the people they encounter more closely.  Her books always end up on my “keeper” shelf!

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