Rori Maitland has lived her life the way she's wanted it. After retiring from MI6, she's her own woman, with few friends and no husband. That's the way she bloody well prefers it. After all, her job is hardly normal. Ian Kinncaid, master of disguise, has been estranged from his family for well over a decade. With his deep cover blown, he now needs a safe place to put the little girl he saved from the Czech underground. But the shadows cloak enemies and trust comes at too high a cost.
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My Review: Overall.... 4.75 Performance... 4.75 Story.... 4.75 Yes! Ian...I have been waiting for his story for so long and it was so worth the wait. OMG, this book was so good!
Ian has shown up in all the books in this series, but we've never really known how he became estranged for the family...only that he is just as loyal as the other Kinncaid men and willing to do WHATEVER he needed to save their women and protect his brother's families and has helped his brothers time and again. In this book, all those questions were answered. The book began with the fight between Ian and his father, Jock, that resulted in him getting kicked out of the family...and while I knew what that probably entailed...reading the details of the fight and the results broke my heart for Ian. He was so young...and did nothing wrong. Jock...grr. But on the flip side, it was nice to have some insight into Jock and his realizing how deeply he betrayed and hurt his son by his actions and how that led to the man he became.
And the man he became is the heart of this book. Ian works for the government and has been undercover in Russia for five years, doing unspeakable things...but doing good things whenever he can. When the book begins, he is tired, worn out, and heartsore. He's about through with this job...it's gone on for too long and he simply doesn't care anymore. He's in danger of losing himself if he continues. He's also had a hit put out on him...Raven is coming after him.
Raven is Rori and she quickly discovers that Ian...or Dmitri...is not the man he appears to be and they begin to work together to save a young girl from a life of sexual slavery. To do so, they have to get her somewhere safe and the best way to do that is to pose as her parents and for the first time in a very long time, Ian begins to hide in plain sight...his new cover...Ian Kinncaid, with his wife Rori, and their newly adopted 4 yo daughter, Darya. But they both have many, many bad people out there who would like to see them all dead.
So freaking good...I'm telling you, this book was amazing. From page one, it jumped into the action and both Ian and Rori can kick butts and take names. I love, love, loved that she was just as tough and fearsome as him. It made her the perfect match for him. She also completely understands the world he's come from and the sacrifices he's had to make. I'm telling you...she was perfect for him. When he had his migraines, she and her actions, simply made me fall in love with her. She is awesome. She also has her own insecurities...especially when it comes to little Darya. I loved how she won Rori over.
I'm telling you...everything about this story was so good. It was an intricately woven Romantic Suspense that covered the world of politics, but still managed to include the entire Kinncaid clan. And Quinlan...OMG, the twists that involved his character. *sob*... just broke my heart for him. This entire series has been good, but this particular book went so far above the already, very high, bar. It was a great book and I continue to be amazed by Johanna Parker's incredible skill as a narrator. Her range of voices is PERFECTION and she does an amazing job, especially considering how many scenes she has to do with a huge cast of characters. They are all easily distinguishable during the dialogue. She is amazing...simply amazing narration.