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Title: Hot Zone
Author: Catherine Mann
Publication Info: Sourcebooks 2011
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The haunted eyes of pararescueman Hugh Franco should have been her first clue that deep pain roiled beneath the surface. But if Amelia couldn't see the damage, how could she be expected to know he'd break her heart?
Amelia Bailey's not the kind of girl who usually needs rescuing...but there are anything but usual circumstances.
Master sergeant Hugh Franco lives only to save others, until he plucks beautiful attorney Amelia Bailey from the wreckage of an earthquake and finds himself embroiled in ways he never expected. On the run from kidnappers, Hugh must call on all his training to protect them. But Amelia's fiery touch threatens to crack his world—and his heart—wide open.
And here is Jessica's review:
I enjoy reading Catherine Mann’s books. I find her stories well researched, full of intrigue, and full of real human characters (flaws and all). Hot Zone is no exception.
I was explaining this book to my mom, who had wondered if I thought she would like it. As I was giving her a basic plot summary, I realized that there was nothing basic about this plot.
This plot has so many twists and turns and side stories that it was hard to keep track of them all in the retelling. As I was reading the story, I never thought of how convoluted it was, which is rare because complicated plots are one of my pet peeves, but somehow I got so wrapped up in the characters the plot just seemed to fit.
Mann’s characters are one of the best aspects of her writing. Her characters are real, meaning they have flaws, and baggage, but also convictions, emotions and dreams. When Hote Zone’s plot finally comes to its ultimate HEA, the baggage the characters carry doesn’t magically disappear, but rather the hero and heroine accept each other as well as all the baggage and work to move past it.
In the end, I think the hero and heroine will make it because they want to work at it and not because their baggage and issues magically went away. Mann created characters that I rooted for and developed a bond with and that is the reason I enjoy reading romance novels.