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Cover Me by Catherine Mann

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Cover art: Cover Me Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Cover Me
Author: Catherine Mann
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-4495-7
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, Alaska
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Catherine's Website/Blog: www.catherinemann.com


Wade Rocha is a Pararescueman who jumps from a helicopter on a very simple mission. Save the stranded climber who is caught in a blizzard. It’s an overnight of waiting it out and they will be rescued in the morning when the snow stops falling. Little does he know that Sunny isn’t a stranded climber like he thinks. She is a mountain guide and survivalist who was escorting two people from her off-the-grid remote town to civilization. Her town is very secluded and keeps itself hidden and unknown. It’s not mapped and they want to keep it that way. Sunny knows she has to escape from Wade to keep her town’s secrets.

When Wade catches her trying to escape, they make a chilling discovery. The two people she was escorting out are found—and now Wade has a potential murderer to find. From here the story takes off, but I don’t want to give away any more pieces of the plot. Sunny and Wade are forced to trust each other and work together to stay alive. Sunny is trying to protect her town at all costs while helping Wade as she can in the other areas. Wade knows she is holding back and that makes him throw up a wall between them.

The one thing neither one can deny are the sparks that fly whenever they are near each other. Can they help each other out, stay alive and keep from spontaneously combusting?

Wade and Sunny are perfectly matched because of how mismatched they are. Both are certified single people, loners and not wanting a relationship. But you can’t deny the attraction each one has for the other. They push and pull at each other all the time. Wade is a macho, military, heroic, take-charge guy who is used to giving an order and having it obeyed. Sunny is a business owner in her town and used to calling the shots because of the number of people she has guided out of the wilderness to civilization. She isn’t interested in hearing “Mr. Para-Jumper” tell her what to do. She often tells him where to stick his orders—giving some great moments of humor amidst the tension.

As they discover more and more about what is going on around and in her small town, I was racing to read and see what happened next. I had trouble figuring out all the players in the game and was left guessing to the end. I loved the suspense and intrigue and how it was worked into the overall storyline.

Catherine Mann is an excellent weaver of a story. There are so many facets and nuances to the storyline that I was never bored. She makes the technical aspects of the military seem easy to understand and weaves it into the tapestry of the story so you never feel lectured to. The story is so well written, but beyond that, it has so much heart to it. I am truly impressed by the writing ability of Ms. Mann and look forward to more books in the future.

Robyn

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