There is danger from nature and man in PASSION TO PROTECT, and the stakes are often extremely high when both are threats at the same time. Colleen Thompson interweaves past emotional concerns with current deadly jeopardy to create an outstanding story of suspense.
Although Liane Mason has been back in her hometown for almost a year, the way her marriage ended still affects her every day. She does enjoy helping her father with the wilderness excursions that he has guided for many years, and she has finally let him take her two young children for an overnight camping trip. When they do not return by the expected time, she is panicky and plans to go out looking for them. What she does not want is help from Jake Whitaker.
When Jake was severely injured in a mishap while fighting a fire in the mountains near where he lives, his whole life was altered and he was forced to change careers. He now lives on the property owned by the father of Liane, and though they dated when in high school, she has avoided him if at all possible since her return. Once he realizes she is going out alone to search for her family members, he wants to aid the only woman he has ever loved, even if she does not want it. When it becomes apparent there is a dangerous reason for the trio being late, Liane will have to put her trust in Jake or her precious children may not make it home.
Colleen Thompson writes riveting scenes packed with emotion. In PASSION TO PROTECT, feelings are sometimes affected because of the history between two people, or they might be influenced by unexpected peril in another instance. Also, regardless of what causes a situation, I absolutely believed in the actuality of every occurrence because of the genuineness in how the characters reacted. If someone was scared, their nervousness was so intense that my own heart began to race. During the first part of the story, threats from the natural world are frightening Liane and Jake, and these episodes are terrifyingly authentic with convincing accuracy. Ms. Thompson makes each scene of her book seem likely to take place just as described, as her vivid images of every single moment are totally plausible and puts the reader right in the middle of the action. When a human being is the culprit for the unease someone feels, these occasions are just as overwhelming and leave the reader feeling much apprehension about the final outcome. Most of the anxiety-filled circumstances triggered by a person are unanticipated, and any confrontations frequently had me holding my breath until all was resolved. The issues between Liane and Jake caused plenty of heartache in the past and present, and the discussions they have are fueled by very sincere feelings. Though the words they speak may not always convey how they truly feel about the other, their actions cannot hide just how much they do in fact care. The motivation behind quite a few of their deeds touched me on so many levels, as their deeply felt concern came through loud and clear. There is loads of sexual tension that makes a number of their scenes edgy because of profound longing, and this desire makes any intimacy between them expressively stirring and heated. I cannot wait to read the next compelling story from Ms. Thompson! PASSION TO PROTECT is dramatically engrossing with two spirited characters and a myriad of nerve-racking predicaments.