by Angela AdamaPublished by: Crimson Romance Publish Date: October 1, 2012 Genre: Romantic Suspense Source: Digital Copy Rory’s Rating: Book Blurb from Goodreads:
When the FBI brings Laura Roberts – a quiet, reserved bookkeeper – in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job – only to be attacked by thugs.
Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together – and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.
Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth – before someone dies?
Laura Roberts has worked with Chase Donovan for years and while she has always been aware of him, nothing has ever come of it. Chase, though he appreciates Laura’s good looks, has a strict no fraternization policy. Regardless, he does care for her. When she is pulled in by FBI agents, he offers to come to her aid as her attorney. She declines. Instead, after her FBI meeting, she immediately resigns from the company. She doesn’t expect to hear from any of her coworkers again. And she doesn’t, until she attacked and nearly killed. Chase bursts onto the scene and thwarts the attack, not realizing its Laura. When he does, his protective instincts kick in, until he realizes she believes his father was behind the attack. Chase, not wanting to destroy his family’s reputation, and Laura, too embarrassed to go to the authorities, take to the open seas to figure out what is going on. It is here that they begin to realize just what they feel for each other, though of course they cannot admit it. As their time onboard the boat begins to turn into something more, they make a rash decision that with affect their entire future – if they live long enough to find out.
I enjoyed Magic Moments more than I expected too. I thought the story line sounds a bit cliché, but I was pleasantly surprised with the turn it took. It is just original enough to keep the reader going. Both Laura and Chase are believable characters. Laura is the more likeable of the two, as Chase is a bit too typically “male” during some moments (especially when he whines about women’s hysterics). And don’t get me started on that man’s stubbornness, but I think we can classify that as a typical male trait . However, I was rooting for the two of them the entire novel and I was pleased with where they ended up. Their situations were realistic enough to keep from bordering on ridiculous, but extreme enough to keep it interesting. Ms. Adams writing flowed well, with only a few hitches here and there. Laura’s desires might grate against some of the more feminist women out there, but they are perfectly reasonable and understandable (I can even identify with her vision of the future). Overall, I liked Magic Moments, it is a sweet, suspenseful read. I will definitely follow up with Angela Adams in the future – she is worth a second chance!