Monday, October 14, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Body of Evidence" by Rachel Grant

And she thought facing a firing squad was bad…

When archaeologist Mara Garrett traveled to North Korea to retrieve the remains of GIs lost in combat, she never imagined she’d be arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. Her only hope is Curt Dominick, the powerful, ambitious, and infuriatingly sexy US attorney prosecuting her uncle, a former vice president of the United States.

What starts off as a rescue mission quickly morphs into a race across the Pacific. Someone is after Mara, and they’ll risk everything to stop her from reaching Washington DC. With betrayal around every corner, Curt and Mara have little reason to trust each other and every reason to deny the sparks between them that blaze hotter than the Hawaiian sun. Still, desire clashes with loyalty when they discover a conspiracy that threatens not only their lives but the national security of the United States.

It is an absolute pleasure to write this review.  What a pleasant surprise.  I received this ARC from the author and publisher via Netgalley.  I was curious at the premise of a American being convicted for crimes in North Korea.  I assumed that it would have political intrigue, drama and suspense.  This book delivers - in spades.  It is a wonderful balance of tight, tension-filled action and hot romance.  

The story:  The former Vice President is in a lot of trouble.  He has been indicted for influence peddling and is being prosecuted by the star of the US Attorney General's office, Curt Dominik.  Curt Dominik is also the special envoy sent to North Korea at the request of the government to pick up Dr. Mara Garrett after being accused of being a spy.  Dr. Garrett also happens to be the favorite niece of said VP. 

On the surface it is a seemingly simple exchange, but things get crazy when murders happen, a plane blows up, and people are betrayed.  We have Rapture, a notorious private security contractor, involved and things get more and more complicated.  The events keep the readers on their toes and left wondering, "what's next?" 

The characters:  I liked the chemistry between Mara and Curt.  She's strong-willed, smart, and a bit of a girlie girl with her tendency to heroify the men in her life.  I like that Curt is attracted to Mara for her quiet dignity, strength of character and resolve. The relationship evolves over the course of the book.  Curt has a conflict of interest and the stakes are high in this relationship. The sexual tension of "will they/won't they" works in this situation given the context of all that is going on around them.  I don't think it is a surprise to anyone that there is a HEA, but how they get there is engaging and kept me frantically turning pages. 

There is a particular thrill in discovering a new author.  I am so excited to have found Rachel Grant and look forward to reading all of her previous book and anything else she publishes in the future. 
Having read my share of romantic suspense this year, this one is one of my top three books of the year. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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