Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dangerous Memories - Angi Morgan (HI #1406 - Feb 2013)

After witnessing her mother's murder as a child, Jolene Atkins had forced the memories from her mind. Now the killer had resurfaced, but this time Jo had Levi Cooper to protect her. Even if he was disobeying direct orders from the U.S. Marshal service to do so....

Levi had vowed years ago to always keep the innocent beauty safe. So when Jo insisted on finally getting some answers, Levi had no choice but to help her. But watching as the pain of the past threatened to crush a spirited Jo, Levi ignored every professional instinct and pulled her into his arms. After one night together, Levi was more determined than ever to close this case. Because that one night would never be enough.... 

Very good book.  Besides the physical danger Jolene is in from the person who wants her dead, there is also the psychological suspense of Jo's returning memories.  I really liked both Jo and Levi.  She started out not wanting to believe that her nightmares were actually returning memories.  When her father was killed in a suspicious accident she became the next one in danger.  She hadn't known until then that Levi was also her father's contact with WITSEC not just his friend.  She had started developing feelings for him and then felt deeply betrayed when she thought that she and her father were just part of Levi's job.  I liked the way that she decided that she really wanted to get some answers and began to trust that Levi would keep her safe.  She was also a lot stronger emotionally that she thought she was and was able to stop fighting the memories.  She also stopped fighting her feelings for Levi.  I also liked the way she started to take an active role in their plans rather than just going along with Levi even when it got her into trouble.  I thought her plans at the end were pretty good and that she did a decent job of trying to anticipate any problems that might come up.

Levi had gone above and beyond his job as a marshal.  He was not supposed to get personally involved with the people he protects, but he was strongly drawn to Jo and her father.  His friendship with Jo's dad led him to do some things on his own to keep an eye on Jo and try to protect her.  After her father's death he went against orders in order to watch over her. He had a lot of inner conflict regarding his feelings for her and also feeling that he wasn't doing a good enough job protecting her.  I loved seeing him try to fight his feelings knowing that once she went into WITSEC he would never see her again.  But he also could not bear to desert her when he knew she needed him.  I loved the way that he was able to help her with her memories but also was able to comfort her when she needed it.  I thought he was a little too trusting of his contacts but it did all work out for him in the end.  

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