I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deadly Holiday Reunion by Lenora Worth
Genres: Christian, Romance
Published by Harlequin, Love Inspired Pages: 224
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A CHILD'S LIFE WAS IN JEOPARDY
Texas Ranger Jake Cavanaugh will do anything to rescue his kidnapped daughter from the clutches of a killer. And that means turning to Ella Terrell—his high school sweetheart—for help. The former FBI agent is lucky to be alive after her own encounter with the vengeful madman. And now history seems to be repeating itself this holiday season. Ella needs time to sort through the past—yet time is a luxury they don't have. For the kidnapper is taunting them with misleading clues and a ticking clock. But Ella will bring Jake's child home at all costs—even at the risk of losing her heart and her life….
The one thing I love about this year is holiday reads. I love suspense novels, so when you add a little romance into the mist it’s even better. So I really enjoyed Deadly Holiday Reunion.
What I thought of this book
Jake and Ella were high school sweethearts but when Jake couldn’t understand Ella’s need to be an FBI agent instead of having a family they ended up going their separate ways. Jake became a Texas Ranger and Ella an FBI agent, then a serial killer brings them together. Ella almost died and even though there was still a spark between the two it just was bad timing. Jake’s wife had just died and she was scared emotionally so she walked away from Jake again.
Now Jake is at her door with a plea for help. The same serial killer that almost killed Ella is back and he has Macey, Jakes teenage daughter. Ella is no longer an FBI agent, after the ordeal that almost killed her she just never got over it. Now she lives on a farm with her grandparents and caters dinners using organic farm to table style meals.
Ella can’t ignore Jake’s request so they head off to find the clues left by the psycho hoping they will lead to Macey. During the hunt they both have to reevaluate their feelings for each other.
Deadly Holiday Reunion was a fast paced romantic suspense novel that really had me stumped up until close to the end and I figured it out sort of right about the time the main characters did.
Ella is a strong character but she has weaknesses as well. She was emotionally scared when she was taken by the serial killer and assaulted by the man as well. Having him come back into her life brings back a rush of emotions and at times fear. Instead of shutting down she charges on because she must do so for Jake and Macey.
Jake has some old fashioned values and while their is nothing wrong with that he has to learn that he can’t protect everyone. Ella is strong and though he doesn’t like how she became an FBI agent it was his thinking that tore them apart the first time. While Jake and Ella chase after a killer he learns that if he wants her love he has to trust her judgement and let her be who she is, whether FBI or farmer.
If you like Christian romance suspense novels then you will enjoy this one!