Sunday, February 26, 2012

Speak Up Saturday–Book Review–Protection for Hire by Camy Tang

Speak Up Saturday

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From the Publisher:

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.

Okay, it’s been a little while (and about three or four books) since I finished this book, so bear with me. I’ve been reading a lot since Shane arrived, with little time to sit down at my computer and write reviews. I’m really hoping to get caught up soon! (Isn’t that the mommy mantra?!?)

Anyway, I really liked this book. The flavor was different than other books I’ve read recently, which was nice. The genre was the same, but the author’s writing style was just enough different that it was intriguing and makes me want to read more of her work. I can’t exactly put a finger on it, but it was fun and engaging.

The story has enough twists to keep it interesting but not confusing. The character development was deep enough, even for all the supporting characters. I appreciated that she kept the cast of characters short enough that we could easily keep track of them all, but big enough to keep it interesting.

The climax of the book was well written and the chapters at the end were well done also, tying up everything neatly.

I am glad that I get to keep this one so I can read it again!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NetGalley/Zondervan Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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