Monday, February 6, 2012

Safe Harbor by Christine Feehan

One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Jonas Harrington for as long as the rugged sheriff can remember. If only the stunning supermodel was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn t the only one with desires for Hannah.

From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty with one terrifying purpose: to strip her of all she is and destroy her. Only one man was destined as her protector. Now, out of a storm of danger, Jonas must guide the woman he loves from a sinister darkness that threatens not only Hannah, but the entire Drake family.

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Suspense and romance meld together well in this novel. The who-done-it-and-why questions are handled in a way that keep the reader guessing, suspecting, but never quite knowing the answers until they are revealed. With enough intrigue and special ops stuff to satisfy those who like such things, as well as enough sizzle and heat between Jonas and Hannah to satisfy those looking for romance and steam, this entry in the Drake Sisters series is a satisfying one. We also get to learn more about some of the characters that have been seen in previous books, and the stage is well set for the next volume in the series by the time the book is done.

Hannah has always lived her life trying to please others, pursuing a career and living a life she personally dislikes because she thinks her family and everyone else expected it of her and would be happy to see her so successful. Ms. Feehan portrays her emotional struggles well after she is attacked as she tries to come to terms with both the realization that someone could have hated her enough to want her dead, as well as the uncertainties of trying to finally figure out for herself who she is and what she wants from life. It's a difficult fight, and one that takes her on a roller coaster ride of giddy highs and dismal lows. About the only thing negative I could say about how her struggle is portrayed is that she overcomes it just a little too quickly perhaps to be entirely realistic. Though there is the hint that she will still continue to struggle with the feelings and panic attacks from time to time in the future, so perhaps she hasn't fully overcome it just yet.

**Mild spoilers ahead**

One thing did bug me is the scene toward the end of the book where Jonas and Hannah are fleeing through the woods trying to escape a small army of men that are out to kill them. It has been well established earlier in the book that they can speak telepathically, and they actually do so at first in the scene, but then they switch to speaking out loud to one another, even though it's crucial to their survival that they don't give away their location to those pursuing them. It seems to me that such a situation would have called for them to stick with the telepathic speech instead of speaking out loud when they didn't really need to, even if they were just speaking in whispers. It didn't make much sense that they wouldn't.

**End Spoilers**

Those who enjoy romance mixed with suspense and intrigue, and/or those who simply enjoy Ms. Feehan's writing, will almost certainly enjoy this one.

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