It's a race against time--and a fatal outbreak--
one passionate night Special Agent James Reynolds and scientist Kelly
Jarvis went from friends to lovers. Then Kelly walked away with only an
apology. Now James is charged with solving a bioterrorist attack--and
Dr. Jarvis works at the suspected lab.
Is Kelly an accomplice or a
victim? Just what are her secrets that drove her from James's bed? Soon
one thing becomes clear: The ghosts of her past have nothing on the
terrorists targeting her and Washington, D.C. Another threat bathes the
city in red alert, and now there are lives at stake, in addition to
Fantastic first book from this author. The suspense is both physical and mental as they have to outrun and outwit the bad guy. Kelly and James had been friends for about six months when they spent one night together. The next morning Kelly panicked and walked away, cutting off all contact with James. Now he's investigating an apparent bioterrorist attack and the lab she works at is in the middle of it. When her boss disappears Kelly becomes a target and James has to decide if she's a victim or part of the problem.
Kelly and James became friends first, then one night gave in to the attraction that had been building between them. The next morning she panicked and ran away. Kelly no longer trusts her judgment in men because her last boyfriend had been abusive. Now she wonders if James could be like that and just hides it as well or if she made a mistake in running away. The next time she sees James he has come to take her in for questioning about her boss's activities. She can't believe that he thinks she could be involved. When she's attacked and nearly kidnapped she is thankful for James's rescue. She realizes that she never stopped caring about him and wants to mend her relationship with him. She is nervous about telling him about her past because other people have treated her differently afterward. She notices a difference in him also and tries to think of their relationship as strictly business but has a hard time doing that. I did like the way that she stayed pretty calm throughout all the things that happened to her - including getting shot twice. I loved how she was the one who saved the day at the end.
James had gotten to know Kelly through meeting her for drinks every Friday for six months. He enjoyed their friendship a lot but was also wondering if it would be possible to have more. When they had that one night together he was happy about it, until she ran out the next morning and refused to talk to him again. He was worried that he had done something wrong. When her name came up during his investigation he didn't want to believe she was capable of doing something like that. He had had two bad experiences with that kind of betrayal - first his father and then his best friend turned out to be dirty cops. So he is hesitant to assume that Kelly is innocent even though he feels that she is. It doesn't take long past the first attack on her to make him pretty sure she's ok, but that little sliver of doubt hangs on for a long time. I did enjoy his protectiveness, even when he wasn't sure about her. I also liked his friendship with Thomas and how that friendship helped James keep Kelly safe. I also liked the way that Thomas straightened James out at the end.
I loved the Washington DC setting also. Having lived in the area for most of my life I recognized so many of the places in the book that it made the story that much more realistic to me. The premise of the story also felt very realistic, also because of the location.
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