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Saturday Shorties: Faked Deaths, Amnesia and Fertility Clinics

Under the Gun by HelenKay DimonUnder the Gun by HelenKay Dimon

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Intrigue line because I felt that even full length romantic suspense books struggled to fit both romance and suspense in one story, how could a compressed format do both topics justice? Under the Gun had a good balance of both the suspense (which was more of a whodunit) and the romance, in part because both were in full swing at the start of the book.

Luke Hathaway was jilted by Claire Samson, his one love, who then proceeded to marry another man a month later. Claire loved Luke, but he was always keeping something from her. At the last minute, she caved to her fears and gave Luke his ring back and decided to marry stable, wealthy Phil Samson. Only Phil decides to fake his death and pin it on Claire and now she looks for Luke to help her.

It wasn’t explained why Claire was so good at evading the law or why she thought Luke could help her other than he has a savior’s complex. I wasn’t super convinced at Luke’s easy forgiveness of Claire’s overthrowing him but it was a quick read with a decent suspense thread. B-

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Marchese's Forgotten Bride by Michelle ReidMarchese’s Forgotten Bride by Michelle Reid

This is an amnesia story but this time it’s the hero who has amnesia. Allessandro Marchese is on hand to oversee the smooth assumption of his latest takeover. Cassie Janus is the single mother of five year old twins who nearly faints upon seeing Sandro again. She had had a romance with him and after she got pregnant, Sandro disappeared leaving Cassie alone and penniless. With her MBA, she’s managed to provide a good life for her children and she’s furious to see Sandro again. Further, she’s not sure if she really believes his crazy claims of amnesia. Sandro is manipulative and Cassie is helplessly attracted to him. For fans of the amnesia trope, this is fun to read about the hero with amnesia. All the good of an HP line is here without too much of the bad. It’s full of agnst and passion but not too much of the asshole hero and no doormat heroine (despite Cassie’s attempts to resist her own desire). B-

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The Doctor's Pregnant Bride by Susan CrosbyThe Doctor’s Pregnant Bride by Susan Crosby.

Ordinarily I stay out of this line. The doctor/nurse dynamic has never been one that interested me. Probably too many years of hospital related television dramas. Doctors never seem to have fidelity as part of their makeup.

Sara Beth O’Connell works in a fertility clinic whose research and results are under suspicion. She is asked by her best friend and boss to keep an eye on the clinic’s two main research doctors, one of whom is Ted Bonner. Ted plays the part of the absent minded professor, someone who is so focused on his job that he can barely remember to eat, let alone date. Most of the story involves Sara Beth becoming the focus of Ted’s attention, particularly while she decorates his bachelor bad at his invitation. There’s some clinic work, but the medicine is really a sideshow. I swear I read more about the two of them debating furniture pieces than about fertility science. It was rather a dull story and it didn’t inspire me to pick up others in this line. C

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7 Comments

  1. Samantha
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 14:49:46

    I read the first two books in that Baby Chase mini-series.. I liked the Nancy Robards Thompson one, and didn’t like the Marie Ferrarella one. I am not sure I will bother with anymore in this series.

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  2. TKF
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 15:46:15

    Am I the only one who can’t help but read that doc’s name as “boner” and shake their head at such a terrible choice of name for a hero?

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  3. MaryK
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 23:50:27

    Aha. I knew there was another amnesia book I’d had my eye on. Couldn’t remember it. ;)

    Categories can be hard to weed through what with all the babies, mistresses, and weird titles not to mention the confusing HP blurbs.

    Thanks for the shorties!

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  4. Jessica Andersen
    Mar 22, 2010 @ 07:21:31

    @TKF:

    Well, I hadn’t before. Now, though … yep. That’s all I’m seing. Boners everywhere. LOL!

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  5. Lucy
    Jun 25, 2010 @ 07:37:33

    What is the exact difference between anterograde and retrograde amnesia?

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  6. Kitchen Units
    Dec 12, 2010 @ 23:28:08

    fertility clinics these days are very advanced and of course this can only mean higher success rates on birth ~*:

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  7. Anti-Aging
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 23:16:43

    well, i would say that infertility can be a thing of the past because of modern advancements in medicine “”-

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