by Cassandra Bella
New Concepts Publishing (October 13, 2013)
At the tender age of eighteen, Jessie Bacelli learned the truth of evil. After the murder of her father, Jessie steps in to take care of her younger sister, Annie, while following in her father’s footsteps and becoming an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dedicating her career to bringing down Luther Rabago, the man responsible for her father’s death, she doesn’t have time for distractions in her life. Especially when they are as handsomely annoying as fellow agent, Alec Chambers.
But then Jessie is faced with the worst horror of her life. Luther Rabago has taken her sister, Annie, and initiates a dark game of cat and mouse that stretches from the streets of Downtown Denver to the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Partnered with Alec, Jessie finds herself battling not only her fear for her little sister, but her attraction to a man that is everything she swore long ago she would never allow in her life. And as the flames ignite around them, Jessie realizes she very well might lose more than she ever imagined
This book was a gift in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This story begins with the murder of Jessie and Anna’s father and the aftermath.
It then moves forward to the present where Jessie is an FBI Agent working under her late father’s partner, Brett. Her entire focus is on bring down anything and anyone connected with Luther Rabago who executed her father. She is succeeding at that too well in fact.
Luther on the other hand is tired of things going awry and has decided it’s time to do away with the Bacelli sisters. In order to get them both he kidnaps her sister Anna, knowing that Jessie will stop at nothing to get her back.
In the middle of all of this is Jessie’s partner Alec. He doesn’t understand why she dislikes him but still seems attracted to him. Jessie makes this clear in a conversation while looking for a possible informant. This is one of my favorite scenes.
“I will never be foolish enough to fall for a game-playing, smooth-talking playboy like you.”
Flattening both hands against the table, she pushed up from her chair. Grabbing her empty coffee cup, she crushed it into a tiny scrap of Styrofoam and tossed it in the trash can.
“And for the record,” she returned to the table but didn’t sit back down. “This is the very last conversation I wanted to have with you.”
“As much as I despise who you are,” she folded her arms over her breasts. “I can’t fight whatever it is sparking this tension between us, for every step I want to take away from you, something I can’t yet figure out yanks me two steps closer.”
A tense, suspenseful read. Keep tissues on hand and try not to bite your nails.
5 Contented Purrs for Cassandra!
Born to Write Love Stories
Cassandra Bella believes it wasn’t just the fact that she was born the day before Valentine’s that she was fated to write romance. Intrigued by deep emotions that touch the heart and that special spark of falling in love, she enjoys creating stories and characters that leave her readers with a smile on their face and a tear in their eye.Cassandra has been writing for as long as she can remember, and for nearly as long she’s been letting others know. Just look back into her junior high and high school yearbooks – both proclaim “Author” as her career goal. She completed her first book, “Dear Diary” in her grandmother’s family room on a manual typewriter at the age of 12 – that manuscript still holds a place of honor in her home.Her current passion for romances stems from her love of stories that touch the heart. Her characters are born in many people, from old friends to grandparents to her “dear, sweet, loving husband.” When it comes to heroes, hers usually have some sort of law enforcement background and their inspiration lies in her father, who made a life-long career of keeping the peace.
A Romantic Life in The West
Cassandra was born and raised in Colorado, and currently lives there with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart, three sons, one daughter and two amazing grandchildren.