Thursday, August 7, 2008

Modern Damsels in Distress

Rescue Me is a romantic suspense anthology featuring stories by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, and Cindy Gerard. There’s a little something for everyone here, with our heroines – a doctor, a computer whiz, and an Assistant District Attorney – being saved from a dire fate by a T-FLAC anti-terrorism operative, a Navy SEAL, and police detective respectively. There is a nice variety of settings and situations here; though all the plots revolve around a rescue scenario you don’t feel that you are reading the same story ever and over. The couples vary in age and life experience, and the fact that each writer creates vividly drawn characters in about a hundred pages is a testament to their skill. The length limitation means that secondary characters are few and far between, and the action needs to be compressed, but in spite of that each story still works. I think of this as “romantic suspense lite” – not a lot of time for bodies to really pile up, but enough action and enough romance for a fast satisfying read. This is a great way to sample the work of an author you are unfamiliar with before committing to a full length novel, or to get a quick fix of a current favorite. As a result of reading Rescue Me, I’ll be adding some titles from both Lora Leigh and Cindy Gerard. Look for them in the Romance collection next month!

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