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Living on the Edge (Silhouette Intimate Moments)

by Susan Mallery

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Really good book. Tanner and his security firm are hired to rescue Madison from those that have kidnapped her. Tanner just wants to get her out, return her to her family, and move on. To him, she's just another useless rich woman. That all changes once the rescue happens. Madison was actually kidnapped by her ex-husband, who needs the ransom money for his own nefarious purposes. She knows he was behind it, and that if she is sent back she will end up dead. However, convincing the cynical Tanner isn't easy.

I really liked Madison a lot. She freely admits that she used to be the spoiled and useless rich girl that Tanner accuses her of being. However, her marriage opened her eyes and she made the conscious decision to make changes in her life. She also had an uphill battle with her father and husband, both of whom believed that she was weak and likely to suffer the same mental illness as her mother. She was much stronger than even she believed, and I loved seeing her stand up for herself against Tanner's prejudices.

Tanner was a bit harder to like at the beginning. His refusal to look beyond his own beliefs about Madison was really irritating. Even when she told him the truth about her kidnapping he didn't want to believe her. He earned some points back when he checked out some of what she told him and found out she was telling the truth, so he promised to protect her until he was certain of everything.

I enjoyed seeing the relationship develop between them. The sparks were there from the beginning, though they were antagonistic at the start. I loved seeing Madison push back against Tanner's attitude instead of just taking it. In spite of his attitude toward her, she felt safe with him. Tanner was fighting his own attraction to her, which caused him to overreact to something he found on her computer. What he did then was wrong on so many levels, and I really liked that she told him so when she recovered. He did redeem himself when he admitted that he was wrong, and his attitude toward her started to changed at that point. His protectiveness became personal rather than professional, and that scared him. When everything was over, he told her that her feelings were because of the danger they had been in, not for real. That if she still felt that way in six months, they'd talk. It was hilarious to see the way that she didn't sit back and take that, but kept trying to reach him. The ending was great as he finally faced his fears. I loved their big moment at the end.

The suspense of the story was great, with Tanner and Madison working together to bring down her ex-husband Christopher. What he was doing was definitely scary, as it had a touch of realism to it. I will admit to some frustration with Madison toward the end, as Christopher pulled some really underhanded tricks to get what he wanted. Unfortunately, he knew Madison well enough to know what buttons to push, which caused her to do something really stupid. Of course, Tanner comes through to save her yet again.

I absolutely loved one of the secondary characters in the book. Tanner's friend and coworker, Angel, is the team sniper. He also seems to be the second in command, and is Madison's point of contact at the end when she's trying to get to Tanner. I loved the friendship they built and Angel's part in bringing them back together. Angel gets his very own story in When We Met, a Fool's Gold book that takes place years later. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Mar 15, 2016 |
LIVING ON THE EDGE is just another spectacular story by Susan Mallery. The author weaves a romantic and suspenseful tale about a “tough‿ bodyguard and naïve sweet socialite who survives a kidnapping and an abusive marriage.

Tanner Keane is hired by Madison’s ex-husband and father to find and bring her home as she’s been kidnapped and being held for ransom. When the rescue goes bad, Tanner is forced to take Madison into hiding at a safe house. Tanner doesn’t trust her but eventually gets to know her and believes she’s not only been abused by her ex and not understood nor appreciated by her father but that her ex-husband is the source of the kidnapping.

There is nothing soft about Tanner and as he learns more about Madison and her husband’s involvement in the kidnapping, he begins to trust her and realizes that when the end comes, he won’t want to her go. As for Madison, she’s a sensitive, beautiful woman and afraid to trust Tanner. However, as the few weeks go by, she realizes she will never forget him, that he has changed her for the better and that he has touched her heart.

This book is very fast paced, full of intrigue, action, suspense and a lovely story of two people who emerge from the “shadows and come out into the light‿. I highly recommend LIVING ON THE EDGE. ( )
  MarilynS | May 18, 2006 |
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Security expert and bodyguard Tanner Keane is hired by millionaire inventor Christopher Hilliard to rescue his wife Madison from kidnappers. When the rescue takes a tragic turn, and one of his men is killed in the crossfire, Madison begs him to not release her to her husband, telling him that he was the one behind the kidnapping, and fears he will kill her.

Tanner is not sure what to believe, but takes her to a safe house. When he advises Christopher that the ransom drop was recovered and given back to Madison's father, Christopher is enraged, and soon visited by a Russian mobster giving him one week to come up with the $15 million for a weapon that Christopher plans to pass of as his own.

While Tanner does not believe that the pampered heiress is on the up and up, as he gets to know her, he starts to develop feelings for her, and is surprised when they are returned. But Christopher will stop at nothing to bring Madison out of hiding so that he will have enough cash to appease his creditors, including her own father's health. As he plays on her fears for her father, doubts about Tanner come to light and take her on a collision course with danger.
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Hired to protect Madison Hillard from her corrupt ex-husband, Tanner Keane doesn't realize he's falling for her.

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