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Living On the Edge by Shannon K. Butcher

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Cover art: Living On the Edge Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Living On the Edge - 1st in the Edge series
Author: Shannon K. Butcher
Publisher: NAL
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-23274-8
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day Colombia, South America
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Shannon's Website/Blog:


Lucas Ramsey has just finished his military career. Although it wasnít how he would like to have finished, he is not about to let an injury to his knee get between him and his goal. Recently, the general who saved his life has called in a favor. He has asked Lucas to keep his daughter from going to Colombia. Lucas figures this is a small price to pay for saving his life and readily agrees. Little does he know the trouble he faces trying to keep the generalís daughter from getting on that plane.

Sloane Gideon is a member of the Edge. The Edge is a group of mercenaries that have taken up the fight of ridding the world of dangerous criminals. Sloane decides to take on a personal mission after she receives a call from her best friend Gina. Gina left Sloane a panic filled message saying she was somewhere in Colombia and was scared of the guy who took her there. It seems Gina had fallen for the wrong kind of guy and is now being held captive. Sloane knows she is the only one capable of going in after her friend, but now realizes she has another problem to contend with---Lucas Ramsey.

Lucas strongly encourages her not to go to Colombia but Sloane lets him know that she is not about to leave her friend to some lunatic. Sloane knocks Lucas out and gets on the plane. Lucas has no other option but to follow and the two find themselves in a bigger mystery than just rescuing a captured friend. As the two get closer to unraveling the mystery, they also find themselves following the growing feelings they have for one another.

I was definitely excited to see a new series by one of my favorite authors. Fans of Ms. Butcherís Sentinel Wars will be drawn into her Edge novels. The two series have similar qualities but are different enough to stand on their own. Iím not necessarily a big fan of military driven novels, but Ms. Butcher puts enough action and mystery into this book that the military aspects only enhance the story. I love seeing strong women portrayed in novels and was not disappointed by Sloane. Sloane is a tough as nails mercenary who will not take no for an answer. She is called upon to go into the jungles of Colombia to save her friend and does so with everything sheís got. She also shows a great vulnerability in allowing Lucas to help her and the two turn out to be a great team. They compliment each other and are forced to exhibit a give and take relationship. This is such a great beginning to another wonderful series. I canít wait to get a hold of the next one.

Jillean

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