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Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa's abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son.But there's a problem or two . or three .. There's Elizabeth's abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There's Uncle Teruo, who doesn't understand why Tessa's new faith as a Christian prevents her from returning to the yakuza. And then there's Elizabeth's lawyer, Charles Britton, who Tessa doesn't know is the one who ensured that she did maximum time behind bars. Now Tessa and Charles must work together in order to protect their client, while new truths emerge and circumstances spiral to a deadly fever pitch.
I enjoyed this contemporary, christian fiction novel packed with action and full of realistic characters.
Tessa, our heroine, is a strong Christian woman trying to leave her dark past behind and make a new life for herself away from the Japanese mafia. But, of course, people -even her mother and especially her sister- are reluctant to give her a second chance. This was very realistic and I liked how the author portrayed the whole situation. I also liked reading about Tessa's struggles to live as a Christian and to learn to control her temper.
Also, the choices she had to make were never easy, but she was determined to live for Jesus.
I really loved this part.
The action part was a large part of the entire story, and while I would have liked it to be a little more fast-paced, it was ok and had a few surprises along the way. There were a few action scenes too, quite well-written.
The romance with a young lawyer, Charles, was really sweet, but also deep at times, which I loved. There was no love at first sight or any of this immature stuff, just a growing relationship of trust and getting to know each other. I just love it when the hero and heroine are forced to fight together, it just seems to make them bond much more than going on dates...
There were some funny parts, too, which I enjoyed.
The book is generally written in a chick-lit genre manner, which I am not a great fan of, and I expected it to be written differently. For this genre it was really well-written, though, although I had to skip over a few conversations that seemed boring to me.
I rceived this book form Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.