Back Cover Blurb:
When Dr. Elizabeth Goodall is kidnapped and held captive in the African jungle, her only hope for rescue is counterterrorist operative Sam Pelton. But to escape from a brutal warlord, they must confront a powerful attraction that could prove more treacherous than the wilds of the jungle...
Dr. Elizabeth Goodall is a recent divorce in need of a little adventure. Tired of always playing it safe, Beth heads to South Africa for a physicians conference in Cape Town. But after a case of mistaken identity, Beth finds herself on the business end of a scalpel with a madman demanding that she perform reconstructive surgery on his face. Fortunately help arrives in the form of Sam Pelton, although Beth would rather he had brought the Calvary instead of just himself.
Sam has been in love with Beth for a little more than a year. After waiting patiently - frustratingly so - for Beth to finalize her divorce and heal, Sam is ready to make his move without risking himself as the rebound boyfriend. Unfortunately he now must proclaim his love for Beth and gain her trust while in the midst of a life or death situation.
Beth is a little reluctant to follow Sam out of her current predicament. Thinking Sam is merely a classroom teacher and incapable of extracting himself - let alone her - from this life threatening danger; Beth mourns Sam's imminent death. Better for her to risk her own life than have the death of Sam on her conscience, all because she wanted a little adventure. She's quickly relieved though to hear that Sam is actually a tactical instructor at a nearby counterterrorist training site in their town of Brandon, Montana.
Beth has wanted Sam for a long time yet his stoic demeanor and unsmiling face led her to believe that he wasn't interested. Therefore, Beth is caught completely off guard when Sam gifts her with the most knee-melting kisses she's ever experienced. Soon lust gives way to love as the two escape for their lives.
The entire story takes place in the Congo jungles of Africa and the author does a really good job of making you feel the scenery. Her description of the noises, heat and bugs where very well done and gave me a perfect mind's eye view of the action.
Some of Ms. Adair's prose though were a bit cliche. The one that stands out the most was:
"God, yes" His voice was husky, his eyes dark with desire. Elizabeth
thought his hand shook a little as he gently touched her cheek. "You be the
patient first. I've waited too damn long to see you naked. And if you put
your hands on me now I'll go off like a rocket."
Elizabeth laughed. "How long have you wanted to see me naked?"
I'm sorry but that just had me rolling my eyes. Also Beth's fear of birds was a bit stupid.
The romance also left a bit to be desired. I just didn't feel very much sexual tension except for one particular scene early on in the story. Although this is a novella and the author doesn't have much room for ample character development.
Overall, a forgettable but entertaining for the moment story.