Monday, February 27, 2012
Protection for Hire
Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa's abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son.
But there's a problem or two ... or three .... There's Elizabeth's abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There's Uncle Teruo, who doesn't understand why Tessa's new faith as a Christian prevents her from returning to the yakuza. And then there's Elizabeth's lawyer, Charles Britton, who Tessa doesn't know is the one who ensured that she did maximum time behind bars. Now Tessa and Charles must work together in order to protect their client, while new truths emerge and circumstances spiral to a deadly fever pitch. Factor in both Tessa's and Charles's families and you've got some wild dynamics---and an action-packed, romantic read as Tessa and Charles discover the reality of being made new in Christ.
I really enjoyed this novel. I found myself rooting for Tessa Lancaster--believing in her--wanting to encourage her in her newly-found-in-prison faith in God, as well as her growing faith in herslef.
I'm glad Camy is branching out from her chick lit Sushi series. I enjoyed the Sushi trilogy, but I think she's a stronger writer when incorporating all the characterization that is the hallmark of chick lit into a meatier story with more intrigue and mystery. Having some mixed martial arts thrown in doesn't hurt, either.
I'm looking forward to reading more in the Protection series.
PS: If you are a Christian fiction fan, you may find a few familiar authors' names nestled within the pages of this novel.