A dedicated American agent risks everything for a forbidden beauty in this sensual, turbo-charged novel from the RITA-nominated author of Against the Wall (“A sexy, unique love story that I devoured in one day.”—Monica Murphy).
Four years ago, when Ian Foster was working as a border patrol agent, he rescued an eighteen-year-old Mexican girl who’d been left for dead. He never forgot the gorgeous, resilient Maria Santos. Now Ian is an undercover ICE agent on the trail of a ruthless criminal with an intriguing connection: Maria. She holds the only clue to the man’s whereabouts. And Ian is tasked with crossing the border to find her.
Maria has always carried a torch for Ian, the handsome American who saved her life. When he shows up in her hometown, the attraction between them ignites. His intense gaze sets her blood on fire. But Maria is in serious danger. She owes a favor to a drug lord, and soon she’s caught in the crosshairs of a treacherous takedown operation. Once more, Ian’s her sole hope of survival—and his sizzling touch rekindles a passion that goes beyond borders.
I had a tough time connecting with this book, mainly because the initial meeting and the build up of the romance took place out of the reader's experience, and before the events of the book. It picked up in the middle, and while there were flashbacks, I was never really invested in their relationship.
I also found the pacing to be a little tedious and, while they were literally moving on the train, I felt there was little figurative movement in the story, which made it difficult to remain engaged with the events of the story.
I would have liked the opportunity to have been present for the initial meeting with Ian and Maria. Even if it was told in flashbacks...there are bits of their memory throughout the book, but the reader is never really let into those events and as a result there is a distance from the characters that exists throughout the book.
This distance effects all of the book, the ability to relate to Ian and Maria, to invest, to really be engaged with the plot. I also thought the plot was extraneous...I would have preferred to hear their story. The way they met and fell in love would have been enough to get through without adding anything additional into the mix. I would have preferred this aspect be more present.
I am not really able to recommend this book.
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