Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fatal Loyalty by Sue Duffy

Where do you run when you know you cannot hide?

Andie Ryborg has nowhere else to go. Her father's campaign for governor and his aggressive war on drugs has chased her from their family home. Drawn to Miami's exotic Coconut Grove, Andie hopes to find a quiet refuge where she can discover herself apart from the public eye. But even in that seclusion, even with an officer assigned to protect her, Andie's privacy has been violated. Someone is watching

Evan Markham's entire life has been a tug-of-war between what is and what could be. He is drawn to a life that is beyond his reach and emotions have clouded his judgment. Evan knows that earning someone's trust isn't easy, especially when he plans to break it. But in the secret corridors of the criminal underworld, he knows what must be done, and he is determined to see it through. Whatever the cost

When enemies close in, a sudden turn of events leaves them both questioning. Where is God in all of this? Who is this enigmatic stranger who offers to help? They both know their lives are in danger. But what about their hearts?

My Review:
This Christian fiction suspense novel did not "grab" me even though there were many twists and turns, even though it was set in Florida--MY state, and even though I could not completely figure out the ending. Perhaps it was me; you may find it wonderful.

The characters were unbelievable. Andie leaves her home in a panic and chooses to stay overnight with someone she met a few hours earlier? That would not be my choice.

The plot was bumpy rather than smooth. A scene of suspense involves a man running for governor being threatened by someone following his car. The would-be governor is told to "get down!" This is followed with a scene in an art gallery with a disgruntled art critic fussing at an artist. Bumpy. We never find out the results of the car chase.

Even the research is a bit sloppy. For example, this small error: the author uses "Dade Community College" as a location in South Florida. It's been Miami-Dade Community College for as long as I can remember.

Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Kregel Publications for my copy.

If you would like to read the Prologue, click here.

If you would like to buy a copy, click here.

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