Sunday, July 20, 2008

Book Review: Dangerous Game


Dangerous Game (Harbor Intrigue) by Lyn Cote - Love Inspired Suspense #53 - May 07

This is the best book I've read by Lyn Cote. I can take or leave Suspense books but this one kept me intrigued and I didn't want to put it down. It's the story about a deputy, Trish Franklin and an ex-con Grey Lawson. In the book Trish, a Christian, can't understand why she has feelings for a man who recklessly took other lives, drunk or otherwise. But you can't control your heart. I believe God has chosen one special person for each of us. Whether you feel the pull of your heart and accept it or ignore it is up to you. And that's the decision Trish and Grey must face.

In Dangerous Game, Trish is not only fighting her own feelings for Grey, she also has to contend with her father and family's hate for the man who killed her uncle. When Grey returns home and the ‘chicken' games start again, Trish's family is determined to believe that Grey is at fault once more. For whatever reason, Trish knows he's not. It doesn't help that every time she makes an overture of affection toward Grey he pushes her away. She should be relieved - right?

Grey can never forgive himself for the irresponsible stunts he pulled as a young man. He became a Christian in prison. Upon his release, he wants to go far away where no one has ever heard of him but the aunt who raised him is ailing and needs his help. Grey goes back to his hometown determined to ignore everyone while taking care of his aunt and making her last days comfortable. After she's gone, he'll leave town and find a family for himself, somewhere. He can't seem to stop the way he feels for Trish but he's not going to acknowledge it either. Grey knows her family will never stand for a liaison with him and anyway, he's leaving soon.

This is the 2nd book in the Harbor Intrigue series. After reading this one, I went looking for the other books in the trilogy but was only able to find book 3. I wished I'd been able to find the first book, however because I always had the feeling something was missing. I had an inkling that book 1 was about Sheriff Keir Harding and Audra Blair and I was correct there.

I finally figured out that the reason I felt something was missing was when one of the characters looked outside and talked about the ice on the Lake Superior and being able to see an Island. And then it dawned on me - I didn't know the setting. Sure, the series is called Harbor Intrigue and it's on Lake Superior but that's a very big lake. No boats were mentioned in this book or how close to the lake they actually are. Fog is mentioned frequently so they must be close, right? The fact that I didn't know the setting distracted me enough to keep this book from hitting my top ten list.

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Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Great! - 4 ½ stars (a keeper)

Books in the Harbor Intrigue series:

1 - Apr 07 - Dangerous Season LIS 47

2 - May 07 - Dangerous Game LIS 53

3 - July 07 - Dangerous Secrets LIS 62

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2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 76 Harlequin Imprint: 72 Others: 4
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