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Safe With a Stranger by Linda Conrad

Safe With a Stranger

by Linda Conrad

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Overall I enjoyed this story. Clare was an admirable heroine, trying to keep her child safe. Just how she'd ended up Wife # 7 (or some such nonsense) of middle eastern royalty was plausible enough ... as was how she'd managed to escape.

Josh was a well-developed character as well. His issues with PTSD and reluctance to get involved with a woman were credible enough on that grounds alone. The whole 'magic/curse' subplot, however, just didn't work for me which is why I only gave it 3 stars. Not that magic ran in their family ... just the whole '3 kids accept great-grandma's curse'. Once you get into the whole 'magic' universe, three magical siblings could have easily engineered a 'kharmic reversal spell' or something to zing the old biddy with her own mojo. Under the right circumstances, magic could have worked. Here ... it fell flat. It felt like a Wikipedia citation of magic because paranormal romance is suddenly now a hot topic. If you want to research magic, speak to a real practitioner of the art.

Ironically... once you finally got a glimpse of great-grandma at the end ... she was intriguing. I won't spoil it, but how great-grandma finally 'helped' was the first 'credible' piece of magic in the story.

I will probably read the other two books in this series, despite the silliness of the magic, because the characters and main plots were basically sound and I'm hoping the author does more research to make the magical underpinnings more sound. Otherwise, the story would have worked better for me with magic totally absent. ( )
  Anna_Erishkigal | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373275870, Mass Market Paperback)

Josh Ryan knew he wasn't going to heed his own warning. A single mom and a baby on the run? Two men in hot pursuit? Josh's ranger training and his Texas roots left him no choice—he was hardwired to help.

Rule #2: Do anything to save her

But the battle-scarred ex-soldier didn't want to be a hero. And now the very worst had happened—he had fallen in too deep. Clare had gotten under his skin, and her little son was looking at him with adoring eyes. He'd broken the unwritten code, making Clare even more of a target in the process. To save her, he would have to do the unthinkable.

He'd have to make her go.…

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:18 -0400)

Clare Chandler is on the run from her powerful Middle Eastern ex-husband, who is determined to take her son away from her. Former Army Ranger Josh Ryan sees her fleeing two men, and rushes to her aid.

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