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The members of the HEART rescue team head to Washington DC for a meeting, but end up protecting their coworker, Stella, who had returned to Maryland to take care of her ill grandmother. Chance wants to be more than just Stella’s boss, but she has been putting him off because she has been hurt before. God is a presence in their lives, but can Stella must learn to trust God completely.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Love Inspired Suspense
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 0.59 X 4.21 (inches)|
Series: Mission: Rescue
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5A deliciously satisfying read from start to finishNovember 2, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just love this series! Somehow, even with the shorter word count, the author has managed to deliver the kind of reader satisfaction that comes from a longer romantic suspense like the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson or the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey.
McCoy has done a great job of creating memorable characters in the HEART team -- they provide continuity to the series, while allowing each member to take at turn at shining in his/her own story. No need to have read the previous ones in order to enjoy The Christmas Target, but I sure enjoyed catching up with some old friends.
"Stella Silverstone woke like she often did -- bathed in sweat, heart beating frantically, her body screaming for her to run or fight." Talk about a gripping opening line and what an introduction to Stella! She wakes up disoriented as her dream morphs into reality. And the action and suspense don't let up until the very last page. Neither does the romance -- the scrumptious second chance kind that made me weak in the knees. Stella's so prickly and aloof. Chance is the exact opposite. A man who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to patiently wait Stella out. Tenderness. Desire. Commitment. The man feels it all and he isn't afraid to show it. A deliciously satisfying read from start to finish.
SusanChaptico, MD5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Holiday MysteryNovember 1, 2016SusanChaptico, MDQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Stella Silverstone returns to Boonsboro, MD to care for her grandmother, she finds herself a target for someone who wants her out of the way. When members of her rescue team arrive from DC for a meeting, they instead have to go into protection mode--especially her boss, Chance Miller.
Although Chance is Stella's boss,he wants to be so much more. He knows Stella cares for him. They even dated a few times, but Stella put the brakes on the relationship. Her past fears and hurts have made her reluctant to risk giving her heart to someone again. . Now Chance's mission is to protect Stella with his very life if necessary.
Will Chance and the team be able to ferret out the killers and keep Stella and her grandmother alive to celebrate the Christmas holidays? Can Chance convince Stella to trust and to love again?
Once again, Shirlee McCoy has written a riveting tale of romance, suspense, and inspiration. Her characters are so well developed you will feel you know them personally. Her settings are richly descriptive, and the plot keeps you panting as you turn the pages. The Christmas Target is a story you will not want to miss! Thank you, Shirlee--you've done it again!!
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5loved it!October 4, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stella Silverstone is a young widow who has moved in with her grandmother to take care of her after the death of her grandfather. Her grandmother suffers from Alzheimers and is becoming more and more forgetful. Stella has been assigned duties from her hostage rescue unit that she can perform from home temporarily. However, one night she wakes up to find her grandmother has left the house in December without a coat. While looking for her grandmother, Stella is attacked and left unconscious in the woods. She survives the attack, but is the assailant really after her or did he harm her grandmother too?
Chance Miller, who is in charge of the hostage rescue team as well as Stellas ex-boyfriend, arrives at Stellas home only to find the back door open on a snowy night. He rescues Stella and her grandmother, but he soon discovers they are targets. The attacks occur again and again, but the attacker eludes capture. What is he after? Who is he after and why? Stella and Chance still have feelings for one another, but in the past Stella was too afraid to risk her heart and losing Chance so she walked away from their relationship. Chance wont force a relationship, but as he spends more time with Stella trying to discover the identity of her assailant he realizes he wants more than a co-worker relationship.
These books are sure a great way to spend a couple of hours of an afternoon! The action starts quick, the plot takes off and there is no drag time in the story. They are easy to read and to get involved in. In this story, Chance is such a steadfast presence in Stellas life. Even though he gives her space, he isnt going to leave her life completely. He knows they are perfect for each other; all he has to do is wait for her to realize it. The internal struggle Stella has had for many years leads her to a life of loneliness, pushing away anyone who tries to get close to her for fear of losing them. She and Chance have God in their lives, but can she trust Him to bring good out of her situation?