Unabridged audio book
|Published||Covenant Communications Inc. (February 1, 2012)|
|Runtime||9 Hrs. 3 Min.|
|Audiobook Narrator||Jason Tatum|
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
It’s been three years since the tragic Christmas Eve when CIA agent Alora DeSanto returned from a doctor’s appointment to find her husband dead and her Paris home destroyed by a terrorist firebomb. Still mourning her heavy loss, she seeks a new life for herself and her two young sons by accepting a job offer from her friend and fellow agent Janessa Rogers, who is engaged to marry Prince Garrett of Meridia. As Janessa’s personal assistant, Alora takes up residence in the royal chateau in Bellamo, where Prince Stefano is recovering from a possible assassination attempt and reeling from some life-shattering news of his own.
As their paths repeatedly cross, Alora and Stefano are surprised by a budding attraction that draws them together in friendship. But as their hesitant affection evolves into romance, royal secrets plunge them into plots of espionage and blackmail that threaten all they hold dear—including each other. And as enemies arise to crush the Meridia monarchy, Alora must confront the fears that destroyed her past before they destroy her future.
I listened to the audiobooks, and the narrator did a great job. I've learned to appreciate how he manages to make it clear which of the men (especially Stefano and Garrett) are speaking.
It's been several years since I read the first book in the series, the one where Garrett and Janessa fall in love. I wish the publisher would make that one into an audiobook too. I loved the first one, and this one has great heart.
I enjoyed watching Stefano fall in love with Alora but also her young sons. Having been a young widow myself, my heart went out to her at her loss--not only of her husband but his parents and her own. I liked how welcoming his parents were when it became obvious to them that Stefano was falling in love with her. Alora and Stefano have the ability to give each other what they lack--besides love.
In this LDS novel, religion plays an important part of the story. I wondered how Abramson would handle the whole marrying someone not of Alora's faith. Her situation is complicated in that she is already sealed to her first husband. While Janessa didn't choose to marry outside of her faith because Garrett converted on his own, that story would have ended differently if he had not--she would have walked away from the relationship. Alora's circumstances are different with her previous sealing. They've laid the groundwork for Stefano to choose the LDS Church for himself if he wants to, should the political situation changes.
Lots of suspense and touches of romance bring this book to a tender ending.
I loved this book! I found myself cheering and gasping through the excitement of this read!
What a fabulous continuation of the story!
Reading this book is a great way to spend some time. You won't regret it. I read the previous book in this series and really liked that one. I hoped that I would enjoy this one as much...and I did. I am a big fan of Traci Hunter Abramson, as I have read every book she has published. I like the Saint squad books a little better but that is only because I personally can relate to the military more than princes. But I didn't for a second wish that I hadn't purchased this book. If you need a good quality read, you can't fail with this one.