Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn
Author: Liz Johnson
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Re-release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present Day, Oregon
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Liz's Website: www.lizjohnsonbooks.com
Kenzie Thorn has piloted a prison GED course that is showing some amazing results. She’s hoping her grandfather, the Governor of Oregon, will give her a little extra in the state budget to expand the program. Kenzie is used to dealing with inmates and they don’t really ruffle her feathers. Nobody gets through her outer shell until Myles Parsons is put into her class. He unnerves her in ways she just can’t explain. And when he successfully manages to kidnap her, she is going to do her best to get away.
He keeps trying to explain that he’s Myles Borden, and undercover FBI agent, but she just doesn’t know what—or who—to believe anymore. He wants to take her to a safe house while he investigates who wants to have her killed. She’s so stubborn that she won’t go. And Myles has been injured and isn’t really able to fight her. He’s worried that he can’t protect her in his weakened state. He tries to keep his distance, but finds himself starting to have feelings for her. Too bad she doesn’t feel the same…or does she?
Myles is a hot good guy with that ‘bad boy’ air. He’s such a perfect mix of rebel in a good guy that I fell for him from the start. Kenzie is one sharp woman. She has a lot going for her as it takes a lot of intelligence to handle teaching prisoners and helping them get a GED. I loved her spunk and initiative. She would be my go-to friend if I ever found myself in need.
With the undercover twist, it was exciting to watch them interact during the kidnapping and afterwards. However, it was the constant belief/disbelief that gave this story a spark of humor that made the whole thing work. The mix of humor and fear was true to life and gave both Kenzie and Myles the finishing touches to be characters that are totally human. The other thing that made this book so real was the way Liz Johnson paints verbal picture. The verbal pictures were so wonderful that I could see myself in the prison and on the run. Every scene is rich with description.
Liz Johnson has a dynamite debut book! She has successfully entered the word of romantic suspense. I was captivated from the first page until the last.
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