Rescued Hearts (Mantle Rock Publishing, September 2017)
Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.
My take: Imagine being out on a bike ride and seeing a kitten in distress. Of course you do the humane thing and stop to help the kitten. The next thing you know you are being kidnapped! That is the situation Mary Wade finds herself in at the start of this book and that is just the start of the book. The rest of the book is jammed packed with action and does he or doesn't he back and forth with both of the main characters. This is a great thriller that has you wondering what will happen next. Recommend if you like your thrillers with a side of handsome guy coming to the rescue.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for honest opinion from Litfuse.