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Sweet Danger by Cheryl Pierson
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Nov 15, 2010

really liked it
Read from December 01 to 10, 2010

Pierson pens a riveting suspense with "Sweet Danger." Lindy Oliver and Jesse Nightwalker are neighbors that barely know each other, but one fateful day in Silverman's Deli will change that and redefine their relationship forever.

Silverman's Deli and Bakery is a popular spot for breakfast. Lindy is a clerk in a bookstore and an aspiring writer. Jesse is a Native American Indian and a police officer. Shortly after they exchange pleasantries as they wait in line at Silverman's, a madman named Tabor Hardin takes over the Deli and grabs hostages, including Jesse and Lindy.

Hardin is backed up by three henchmen. An eclectic group of people find themselves hostage. Soon, the motive is clear - Hardin wants money in exchange for the governor's children who are hostage.

Jesse's old partner, Ryan Lucas, arrives to begin hostage negotiation, but Hardin is firm - he wants money - period.

Jesse tries his best to protect the hostages, but Hardin puts a bullet in his shoulder. Lindy tries to help those who are injured, including Jesse.

Despite the intense situation, it's hard for Jesse and Lindy to hide their attraction. Lindy cares for Jesse's wounds in such a tender, delicate way, he begins to realize that she cares deeply for him. It's around this time, Jesse realizes his son, Nash, is also being held as a hostage. The stakes for his survival have never been higher.

Hardin orders Lindy to remove the bullet in Jesse's shoulder. They retire to a back room and are left alone. After Lindy takes out the bullet, the couple consummate their love.

Will Jesse and Lindy be given a chance to have a life together, or will Tabor Hardin finally destroy Jesse once and for all?

Pierson's plot is tight with several unexpected twists and turns that will leave the reader on the edge of their seat.

Pierson's realistic dialogue adds to the authenticity of the hostage scenario. There are times when the reader will feel like they're in the deli along with Jesse and Lindy.

The supporting cast is strong and interesting. Pierson infuses them each with quirks, faults, and positive traits that will leave the reader rooting for all of them.

The violence of the hostage taking, while authentic, can be a little unsettling, and the story isn't for the faint of heart.

Jesse and Lindy are interesting characters. Jesse embodies heroism, but it's never been tested to such limits. He's been hurt, emotionally, and only in an intense situation such as this, does Jesse dare to let his heart live again.

Lindy is brave in the face of danger, making a strong heroine. Her steadfast and unwavering support gives Jesse the strength he needs to face all his demons.

The love scenes are sensual as well as tasteful for romance readers. "Sweet Danger" puts the reader on the heart-pounding thrill ride from the first chapter and doesn't let up until the end.

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