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Beyond the Rules

by Doranna Durgin

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Kimmer Reed is the type of woman who doesn't need anyone. Growing up in an abusive household, Kimmer doesn't hold much faith in family. Her father abused her mother, who ended up dying when Kimmer was still a young girl. Surrounded by brothers-Hank, Jeff, Karl, and Tim-who used every opportunity available to get her on the receiving end of their fists, Kimmer doesn't trust easily. The only exception seems to be Ryobe " Rio " Carlsen, an ex-CIA agent who means more to her than she can sometimes admit.

There are a few rules that Kimmer lives by. According to her, she has no family. And her work, the assignments she does for the Hunter Agency , are never to be brought onto her home turf. But that's exactly what happens when her brother Hank shows up in Watkins Glen, claiming that he's witnessed a murder and wanting Kimmer's specialized help. What he wants is for his sister to murder the bad guys, but she's smart enough to realize that when it comes to her family, the bad guys aren't always who they appear to be.

Now the goons that were following Hank have found their way to Kimmer and Rio 's doorstep, and it's up to the two of them to combine their skills and stop a group of men and women who have the future of a group of young girls in their hands. As the situation becomes ever more perilous, Kimmer realizes that she's going to have to come to grips with her family, and with her feelings for Rio . Because it's not just her life on the line this time, but that of her brother, her lover, and those young girls.

BEYOND THE RULES is a fascinating addition to the Bombshell line. Part action-adventure, part family drama, this story explores how far someone will go to do what's right-even when it may include going against your own flesh and blood. As Kimmer learns to trust not only her instincts but Rio , and as she finds out just how deeply Hank has dug himself into a hole of trouble, you'll be glad you're along for the ride. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
Kimmer (aka Chimera) Reed has finally found almost happiness. She has a live-in boyfriend, and if he came with a cat, she's learning to be okay with that, too. But when her brother demands her assistance, and men with guns start coming to call she remembers all too clearly exactly how dangerous relationships can be.

I like Kimmer, and Rio's pretty cool, too. The main problem I have with this particular book is it reads like a sequel -- but unless I'm missing something major, it's not. Durgin also spends a fair amount of time emphasizing just how weak and helpless Kimmer seems, maybe in order to make her appear stronger when she takes out the bad guys? At any rate, it's enjoyable fluff for a rainy afternoon. ( )
  SunnySD | May 27, 2008 |
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