Out of the Smoke

Becca Jameson
Fantasy romance
Available from Liquid Silver Books
ISBN: 9781595789372
May 2012

Wow! Becca Jameson has guts! I say this because the prologue for this story is basically the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings on that infamous date of September 11th. I say she has guts because I spent the entire prologue with my arms wrapped around myself, mouth open in shock as my mind replayed that day, and how I watched in real life. It is on that fateful day that our heroine Beth Martin isn't actually in the tower where she works. Because she was getting coffee somewhere else, she witnesses the attack. Eventually, she realizes that this is her time to escape her brutal husband, Matthew. She sells what little she has and takes buses West, eventually ending in Minnesota. Our poor girl just doesn't want to be found so she's living as Liz Parker and cleaning houses for cash.

Cleaning is how she meets our hero, Alan McCarthy, a lawyer moving his office into his home. The first day she arrives to clean, they are almost bowled over with mutual attraction. Alan just doesn't understand what a beautiful woman like Liz is doing cleaning houses. Liz is still married (since she's on the run) and she is very jumpy around men. Alan notices this and tries to be very calm and gentle with her. At one point, midst cleaning his office, she knocks something over that ends up hitting her kidney. This launches from that part of the story on into how abused she really was by her husband. At the point the first chapter began, it was two or three years after the attack, and Elizabeth Martin was considered dead. So you can imagine Matthew's surprise when a few years later he receives a call that his wife is dead again. This is when the story gets very suspenseful!

Ms. Jameson, as I said in the beginning of this review, is a gutsy woman. Not only did she bring forth all the drama and emotions from the September 11th attacks, she gives us even more with all the memories and nightmares Liz has from the time she was married. Holy. Cow. Honestly, if it wasn't for the relationship between Liz and Alan I don't know if I would be brave enough to read this. But man! Alan was just incredible! The way the two of them interacted and just loved each other (without verbally saying they did) made this story good. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, even holding my breath, until I got to the last page! I have read one other story by Ms. Jameson which was also good, but this makes me want more! By the time I finished this, all I could think was, wow, this was fantastic!

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

Reviewer: Teresa T.
July 20, 2012

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