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To the Brink

(The Bodyguards #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  4,299 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Working on highly sensitive diplomatic affairs, Darcy Prescott is a natural target for terrorist kidnappers. But when she's mysteriously plucked off a street in Manila one sultry night, Darcy's disappearance isn't what it seems…

The moment Special Forces soldier Ethan Garrett laid eyes on Darcy, he knew she was the woman he would marry—and he did. But when their
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Published December 27th 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
*re-read 19.07.2013.*

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I am completely obsessed. I probably need some medical treatment Photobucket but hey, don't tell anyone, at least not until I finish this series19.07.2013.*
Darcy Prescott works for the State Department and is currently assigned to the embassy in Manila. When she realizes on a trip to Zamboanga City that the co-worker who slipped her a package before she left is now dead, she gets that she's now in trouble once she reads the contents. Darcy reaches out and leaves a message with her ex-husband, Ethan Garrett, a former Special Forces officer. By the time he gets it, she's already missing.

My complaint about this series to date was it's been more romance th
Opening line: "Ethan. Um. Hi. It's...Darcy."

Wow this was fantastic, probably up there as one of my top 5 romantic suspense’s ever. I was completely wrapped up in this story and had trouble putting it down for anything. It actually reads more like an action movie then romantic suspense, the thrills are just non-stop, with a retired Special Forces soldier trying to extract his ex-wife from terrorist kidnappers.

The jungle rescue (which takes up most of the book) goes from bad, to worse, to
5+ stars – Romantic Suspense

If I ever get in too deep with some corrupt, unofficial foreign embassy matters and wind up getting kidnapped and held captive by terrorists in the jungles of the Philippines, I hope like hell that I have a former Special Forces soldier ex-husband, who’s still head over heels in love with me even after five years apart, like Ethan Garrett to come rescue my ass!

Whew, what an intense, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting romantic suspense thriller! Eth
Yomi M.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed it, it had the right amount of suspense and romance and that is always a good thing. It was a story of second chance romance and I always love reading about those so that was a plus. The heroine was a bit frustrating at times, thinking that she didn't need the hero at all but thankfully this only happened a small amount of times. There was also the thing where the author added hero's brother's point of view and his love interest, so people might like that in stories but I'm just ...more

If there was a 6 star rating then I would definately give it to this book.

I was gripped from the beginning right to the end and kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. Despite being tired and requiring matchsticks for my eyelids I just couldn't put this book down.

Ms Gerard doesn't write long hot steamy sex scenes in this series and if I am honest I will say that I do like a bit of steam in my romances but I didn't really miss it in this book. ...more
Jane Stewart
Dec 25, 2010 rated it liked it
4 stars for the action scenes: kidnap, rescue, fight, and flight. 2 stars for romance, relationship, and her stupidity.

I don’t know how to recommend this. I really liked part, but I really disliked part.

The action part of the story. Well done, some neat ideas. I felt like I was there. More than half the book was this action and suspense. I also enjoyed the secondary story about Amy and Garrett. They meet in this book, and their
Ethan and Darcy were married eight years ago, love at first sight, they couldn't get enough of each other, but a marriage has to work outside of the bedroom as well. When they divorced three years later, Ethan and Darcy went separate ways. Ethan, an ex-Special Force soldier, is now working in his own family made security organization E.D.E.N. Darcy is stationed in the Philippines working as one of the ambassadors employees.

When Ethan gets an urgent call from Darcy that meant life or death, he d
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Of the 3 books I've read in this series so far, this one is by far my favorite. The story and the romance really sucked me in and had me wanting to keep coming back and reading.

Series Note:
This series is best read in order.

Darcy Prescott and Ethan Garret have been divorced for about five years - after a blazing love affair turns into a tumultuous marriage - when Darcy, an employee in the Philippines US Embassy, finds herself
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
After reading the first two books in Cindy Gerard's Bodyguard series, I was really looking forward to reading Ethan's story. Then I discovered that it wasn't stocked at any of the libraries in my consortium. Oh no! That meant I would have to buy it. That would be OK, but then of course it would mean that I would have to buy every book in the series because I can't possibly have a book on my shelves that's part of a series, without having the rest. You see my dilemma.

Luckily, I beseeched my local l
Riverina Romantics
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Holy hell!!!

Seriously???? I'm kinda drunk right now - so all my emotions are heightened, but Cindy Gerard is the SHIT!!! She literally is the SHIT!! Well not literally, obviously, but this lady seriously has me by the short and curlies.

The first book I read by Cindy Gerard was the first book in this series and I loved it - rated it 4.5 stars. The second book I rated 5 stars and stated that Cindy had elbowed her way into my top 10 favourite authors. Third book???? Christ! I LOVE THIS
To The Brink
4 Stars

When Darcy Prescott inadvertently learns a dangerous secret related to her diplomatic work, she knows the only person she can turn to for help is her ex-husband, former Special Forces, Ethan Garrett. Although their whirlwind romance ended in divorce, Ethan's love for Darcy is as intense as ever, and he does not hesitate to mount a rescue after realizing that Darcy has disappeared without a trace into the jungles of Venezuela. Can he save her before it is too late?
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Would've liked to have had a little more "action" between the h/h but it was a good story and the author did a nice job with jumping from past to present without irritating the reader. Because the characters were married before there wasn't much tension building but more falling back into the familiar which is fine but I prefer the tension. Sometimes the language gets strangely formal or a bit too crass so it didn't always match up but for the most part it was worth the read. The next character' ...more

So far this is definitely my favorite in the series.

Even though the plot was pretty obvious, the story was cleverly told.

As for books 1 and 2 of the series, the main characters were awesome and I really liked how Cindy Gerard used the flashbacks.

I loved both the primary and secondary story. I can’t wait to read Dallas book!
Lyndi W.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I kinda hated this story. For the first half of the book, we go back and forth between present day and the past. I really dislike that because it takes me out of the story and throws me back into the past that I don't care about. But whatever, I dealt with it.

What made me really unhappy was Darcy. She thinks she might be in Big Trouble, so much trouble that she calls her Army-ex and then goes for a fucking stroll - alone, in the middle of the night in a third world country where Americans are kidnapped
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves SpecOps stories

For me Cindy Gerard is golden. I have yet to read a bad book by her. To the Brink, book 3 in her Bodyguards series is (to me) by far in the top 3 novels she has written.

This is the story of Darcy and Ethan. Once upon a time married and passionately in love. They met in Peru when Darcy was on assignment with the American Embassy and Ethan was in Peru for the US Army Rangers. After a wild, incredibly romantic, make you sigh and want to cry, whirlwind romance, they m
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
3rd book down in this series and I'm finally getting a feeling for this author and it's just "ok". While the action/storylines are great, the sex and connection between the H/H is just so-so. I'm constantly comparing her to Pamela Clare (the I-team series) who KNOWS how to write action AND sex.

Ms. Gerard just isn't doin it for me. lol I've got the entire series and will read them but will NOT be keeping this series in my library. Do not like them enough to keep them. Feeling sad.....
I listened to the audiobook and it was funny to hear the narrator try to speak Tagalog (Filipino language). LOL
Alex is The Romance Fox

To the Brink is the 3rd book in Cindy Gerard’s Bodyguard series. Ethan Garrett is one of the owners of E.D.E.N., the family security company and has never got over losing Darcy.
Darcy has worked in various US embassies around the world and following her heartbreaking divorce from Ethan, is now working in the Philippines and finds herself in a very dangerous situation.

She calls the only person she can trust – her ex-husband Ethan. She leaves a message for him begging for his help
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cindy-gerard
I loved this book! The thrills in this fun, action packed story was extremely fast paced and so exciting! I couldn't put it down and I was completely engrossed in the current story between Ethan and Darcy and Dallas and Amy. I was even interested in the poor kid who was swept up into the life of terrorism. I can't remember his name but he helps to save the day and I wish him well in his fictional future. Also surprising, I was equally interested in Ethan and Darcy's flashbacks. Normally I am the ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did not like so much the constant back and forth between Ethan and Darcy's previous history and the present time at first. And then it started to really make sense, not so early in the story but when reading while their previous marriage had disintegrated so quickly. And then this book was almost impossible to put back on the table.
It's a romantic suspense, with a rather good suspense, but the love story is really really good.
I so want to read Dallas and Amy's story (and was so disappoi
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Want some candy, little girl?”

I will always think of this book when I see a pack of Lifesavers—
well written story with great characters—lots of suspense and action—am totally becoming a Cindy Gerard fangirl
Janet Robel
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great mix of suspense and romance. Really enjoyed the story and characters. This definitely keeps you turning the pages.
Another second chances story, this time starring a divorced couple who never quite got over one another.

Ethan and Darcy had a whirlwind romance, where they fell in love nearly at first sight, spent a few amazing days together and decided to get married before Ethan's Special Forces team would get deployed again.

At first things were fine, despite the distance making things hard for them, but soon (view spoiler) ...more
Ethan Garrett has to dust off his Special Ops skills and call on his family & friend to get his ex-wife, Darcy Prescott, out of the bind she finds herself in. One of Darcy's co-workers finds herself in possession of some sensitive bad-guy material and shortly after becomes a victim of a random hit and run but not before she's passed that material onto Darcy. When Darcy learns about her co-workers death, she looks to see what she's received and knows she's got troubles. The first person Darcy ...more
C Joy
So far, this is my favorite story in the Bodyguards series.

I admit I'm a bit partial because the setting was mostly in the not-so-touristy part of the Philippines, but it highlighted places, a real terrorist group name (Abu Sayyaf), and of course the accurate Tagalog phrases. I love the story of Darcy and Ethan, that their divorce wasn't a result of a third party, and they got back together after 5 years.

This was an adrenaline rush from start until almost finish. I lost s
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
After being given some highly sensitive information that has already left one person dead, Darcy Prescott fears she will be next. After a quick call to the only man she can trust, ex-husband Ethan Garrett, Darcy is plucked off the streets and marched into the jungle by a group of terrorists. When Ethan receives Darcy's message and can't contact her, he pulls together a rescue team and starts searching. Their search leads them to the jungles of the Philippines and a race against time.

This one if my favorite of the bodyguards series and rings more like her Black Ops books, which is why I probably love it. That and Ethan. This one had a romance that was different than most. These aren't two people who just met. Oh, no. This one is between Ethan and Darcy, the ex-wife he'd never talk about in the last books. She calls him for help when she gets herself in a nasty pickle, which is actually her getting abducted by a crazy extremist group in the jungle. And who better to save her ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
I am not reading these books in the correct order, and that is because I didn't really like the first one, and I thought I would like this one more from the book's blurb.
Thankfully, I did. But I didn't read it from front to back; I went through and read all the 7 years earlier parts, and then went back to the beginning and read the story completely, skimming through the back story that I had already read. Weird, I know, but this worked for me more than reading a story that jumps back and f
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
To the Brink is the third book in the Bodyguard series, this red hot romantic suspense takes us to the jungles of the Philippines and back to the USA. Darcy Prescott works at the Vice Consul for South America, when she calls her ex-husband Ethan for help, as she encountered trouble. It's up to Ethan to rescue her with his team, as Darcy fights for survival by terrorists, and befriends another hostage, Amy. When she waits for Ethan's rescue, she remembers when she met and married Ethan, and what ...more
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“When he reached her, he touched a hand to her face. Smiled. "Important. That's one word. Everything. That's another. Loved," he said, adding the most important word of all. "God, Darcy, you are so loved.” 42 likes
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