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Where Danger Hides by Terry Odell


Cover art: Where Danger Hides Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Where Danger Hides
Author: Terry Odell
Publisher: Gale
ISBN-13: 978-1-43282-512-6
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, California
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Terry's Website/Blog: www.terryodell.com

Dalton works for Blackthorne, Inc., a high-end private eye company that also does elite covert operations that the government can’t do. Dalton is proud of his outstanding record, but when his obsession with putting a drug lord behind bars threatens a simple assignment, his boss assigns him stateside—indefinitely. He’s given the task of helping Miri Chambers find some missing people who were former residents at the Galloway House. The Galloway House is a shelter where Miri works.

Miri is a street-savvy gal who can hold her own against any intimidation. So when Dalton pushes her buttons, she knows how to hit back. Dalton refuses to take her seriously and doesn’t think there is anything unusual about residents who leave an anonymous shelter and go back to the streets or a life of drugs. Miri is convinced something more is going on and she’s determined to find out what it is. But as she investigates with (and without) Dalton’s help, her own life seems to be coming into danger.

Can she trust Dalton to help her without losing her head (and heart) to his charms? Will Dalton give into the attraction they both feel for each other? And will he ever take her assignment seriously?

Dalton is quite the enigma. For a smooth talking Texan who’s buff and good-looking, he comes across as tough as nails. Yet, as we get to know him better, we slowly but surely see into the cracks of his heart that he’s really a sensitive guy with a lot of love tucked away. Miri appears to be the polar opposite—nurturing, caring and concerned. But when she feels threatened or challenged, we see her backbone turn to steel as she stands up for what she wants and believes in.

With the story heating up and danger around every corner, it was a real page-turner. Dalton and Miri have to learn to trust each other—and themselves. The last third of the book is so gripping; you’d better plan to stay up late so you can finish the entire thing. Ms. Odell writes a compelling novel. With this being the first Blackthorne novel I've read, I found the secondary characters to be wildly intriguing. I look forward to exploring their stories as more Blackthorne novels become available.


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