by Elise Sax
E-Book 335 pages
Book Description:Abby Williams has got it made: First a new job as magazine editor in London, and now a trip to an exotic island to review a five-star resort with poolside service. Unfortunately, on day two of her vacation, Abby finds herself bound and stuffed into a burlap bag and dragged across two continents. And worse than that? Her hottie abductor has got her distracted. Maybe escape is overrated.Iain Brodie is a muscle-bound mercenary. He just helped a despotic dictator take over an island. He’s also Abby’s kidnapper, and he has his own problems. Framed for a murder he didn’t commit and a boss who’s out to get him, he has to face facts: Early retirement is out of the question and Abby Williams looks damned good in a burlap bag. Bewitching Book Tours
International Intrigue meets down to earth laughs and designer clothes!
This madcap romp is about a woman who doesn’t seem to take herself very seriously, but who is actually bright, funny, and apparently a looker. Abby reminds me of Reese Witherspoon’s character, Elle, in LEGALLY BLONDE. Elle never seemed to take herself seriously until she got somewhere that required it. But where Elle’s background was privileged, Abby’s isn’t. She was raised by her hippie mother in a variety of communes; so she might be a bit influenced by status and symbols of wealth.
Sax’s voice here is light, maybe with the tone of “chick-lit.” Its strength lies in how she contrasts danger with incongruous thoughts and behavior: The dangerous and the ridiculous. But, Sax inserts enough seriousness to avoid farce. It makes for a very entertaining read, where the outcome is never certain although the foreshadowing is a little obvious, so the story’s direction is apparent.
There are several male characters: Brodie, the love interest, is the strong, silent and occasionally violent soldier of fortune. It’s Abby’s innocence, and possibly her smokin’ self that gets him. Being strong and silent, we don’t learn much about him. The other guys are even more sketchily drawn except for one creepy guy.
Mostly we learn about him and everyone else through Abby, who is the narrator. Often this bugs me, but Abby’s rather odd naivete is sort of charming. The only other female characters of any import are both a little psychotic but on opposite sides of the conflict. Abby’s mother is the biggest surprise. It’s a major plot point and offers the most unexpected part of the story.
Have your parents ever totally surprised you?
I have to confess that I didn’t always grasp the international intrigue aspects of the story; I often don’t get that type of plot. The villains are Austin-Powers-ish, Early-Bond sociopaths.
The relationship development and hook-ups are amusing and steamy. There are some good comic moments there.
In short, the book is worth the read and lots of fun. It gets my Recommended Read rating.