Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 1, 2009)
Genre: Romance Suspense
Main Characters: Lucy Donavan and Gus Atwater
Book Origin: Send by author to ROOB
FEAR HAS A WAY...
Lucy Donovan always gets her man. As a fiercely independent CIA agent, she's survived hundreds of death-defying missions. But her latest may just get her killed. Weighed down with a secret she's desperate to keep, the last thing Lucy needs is to be sent undercover with a man who brings out the best--and the worst--in her.
OF GETTING YOU KILLED
Navy SEAL Gus Atwater never turns down an assignment, even if it means working with the only woman he's ever loved and lost. So with a volatile mix of desire and distrust, Lucy and Gus confront their tangled past. Pretending to be man and wife is risky enough, but now the clock is running out. As their mission escalates from desperate to deadly, will Lucy's secret expose them both?
When teenage sweethearts Lucy Donavan and Gus Atwater meet each other again it is to save Mike Howitz and Jay Barness from FARC rebels. As a CIA agent and a Navy Seal they will go undercover as a married couple within the UN liaison who will negotiate the release of Howitz and Barness. They travel with the UN group to Bogotá, Columbia where a political game is played that has more twists and turns than a labyrinth.
My Review;In Show No Fear Marliss Melton uses a hot topic rooted in reality of a rebel group taking hostages in exchange for the freedom of their own people. This topic is something that always piques my interest as the stakes of whether or not they will be rescued are not always in favor for the hostages. So with the debriefing of Lucy and Gus I was quickly put up to speed with what was going on and the story easily picked me up from there.
Gus Atwater is an even tempered Navy Seal, a reliable and competent man which makes him all you want in a partner during a cover-Op. He is also a man who has never stopped loving Lucy and is taking his chance to revive what was lost eight years ago. Lucy is a battle-honed CIA agent who has seen and survived much. Struggling with the emotional repercussions from her last Op she thinks she is ready for another assignment. But is she ready for Gus?
The romance factor is not the main focus yet it still has an undeniable effect on the story. Gus and Lucy are dependent on each other for survival in the jungles of Columbia as they need to uncover the location where they keep Howitz and Barness captive. This makes the plot a central element and flavors the depth of emotions and struggles between Gus and Lucy. I welcomed this effect because otherwise their emotional connection would’ve faded more in to the background and simply would have became a physical connection between two people. The character development was present with the necessities like motivation and growth that kept me involved but nothing as elaborate as I would’ve liked. I think that the character development would’ve benefitted from more page space than the 292 pages it contained, creating more balance between the romance and the suspense. I received a sympathetic picture of a man and a woman together who shared a history and were nowhere near closure. External issues created the circumstances for them to break up so many years ago and now there’s a situation where those old feeling resurface full force.
The plot is what captivated me from the start, it is where Marliss Melton provides a dramatic backdrop of the Colombian jungle and it adds a whole range of new dangers to an already risky operation. The political unrest in Columbia is giving it an urging feel for the UN group to retrieve the two hostages and just get out of their pronto, before something bad happens. Of course this wouldn’t be a good romantic suspense if that trouble doesn’t escalate. The pages were easily read, the story flowed nicely along until Melton delivered another twist that had me hook, line and sinker. While I was on my qui vive with the FARC there is a twist that ups the stakes considerably and what made the ending so worth my while.
Lucy and Gus are not the only characters to tell this tale of course. There is the UN group with Fournier, Sukrye, Bellini and Carloss who make the UN mission believable. The FARC Comandante Marques and his second in command, Buitre are exuding lethal danger incented by a power games. Now Buitre really had a sadistic edge that made him so unpredictable and upped the suspense factor in Show No Fear. In the end the Navy Seal team of Gus comes to the rescue and gives this story a wonderful conclusion. Each played their part the way they were meant to and carried their weight in the overall story.
Show No Fear was a solid romantic suspense read where the threads seamlessly intertwined together for a good read where I genuinely cared for the outcome. Marliss Melton and romantic suspense are a match that always equals enjoyable hours of reading!
Lucy and Gus’ first night in the middle of the Columbian jungle:
“It’d take me a while,” he admitted. “It’s too late to change your mind now, Luce,” he added. “I haven’t,” she assured him. “Good. Try to sleep,” he urged in a voice too quiet for anyone else to overhear. “Tomorrow I’ll search you for leeches and jungle ticks.” Lucy’s breath caught. “You’re kidding right?”