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VOW TO PROTECT
ANN VOSS PETERSON
ISBN# 978-0-373-22937-6
August 2006
Harlequin Enterprises Limited
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Cananda M3B 3K9
Paperback
$4.99
248 Pages
Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 Cups

Melanie Frist escaped the terrifying cycle that was her early childhood. Wanting to protect her son and keep him from knowing the horror of having a father in jail, and the violence that was a part of the neighborhood she grew up in, she left it all behind ... or so she thought. Thinking it was best for everyone, Melanie told her son Ethan that his father is dead. Since she had never told Cord he had a son, she thought that was the end of it.

Cord Turner has been out of jail only two years and has no intention of ever going back. Convicted of murder at the tender age of eighteen, he has no intention of seeking out the woman who he loved, but he feels he let down. Biding his time until his parole is over and staying on the right side of the law are his only concerns. That is, until a wedding invitation shows up in the mail from his serial killer father Dryden Kane. Realizing Melanie is in danger, he seeks her out, and in the process, discovers he has a son.

When Dryden Kane almost succeeds at kidnapping Ethan, even the cops realize they may have to rely on Cord to keep Melanie and Ethan safe. Melanie and Cord are thrown together for the first time in ten years, and the flames fan even hotter than they did when the two were eighteen. When one of Cord’s sisters slips up and remarks on Ethan’s resemblance to Cord, the child overhears. Cord and Melanie find themselves having to do some fast explaining to their son. However, even this tender moment and the fact that Cord and Melanie resume their relationship, are overshadowed by the reality of their situation. It is only when Kane gives them all the slip and nearly plunges them into a nightmare, that Cord resolves he will do anything to stop him. Even commit murder again. Cord making this choice gives the group the edge they need to have a future.

What a thrill ride! This book is classic romantic suspense at its best. The story kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end, waiting to see if they would all survive a serial killer bent on getting his hands on his only grandson. The love between Melanie and Cord is well described and sensual. I also relished reading about Cord’s reunion with his twin sisters, and how they all seemed to click right away. The whole theme of family was very strong in this book and made it that much more enjoyable as well. While the storyline may seem unbelievable in some ways, Ms. Peterson did a great job of making it seem as though it could be anyone’s life. All in all, a fantastic read. I look forward to reading many more books by this author in the near future.

Regina
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
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