Tag: Last Chance Rescue Series

Review: Last Chance by Christy Reece

Posted May 21, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Casee‘s review of Last Chance (Last Chance Rescue, Book 6) by Christy Reece.

McKenna Sloan saved Lucas Kane’s life and then vanished. Lucas moved mountains trying to find her again, and finally McKenna relented—for one fleeting night. The truth is, McKenna’s life is all about the dark, deception-filled world of Last Chance Rescue, and for her, there’s no hope of love or Lucas. But fate, and Lucas’s determination, soon change everything. A kidnapped young woman, a lure to out a killer and the fierce need to bring a criminal to justice combine for one explosive event. For a woman who specializes in staying away from relationships and staying in the heart of danger, this is the most impossible mission of all. Because the odds are deadly, and the passion won’t die.

This is my favorite book of the series. Love, love, LOVE it.

McKenna Sloan was in No Chance. She was the operative that went undercover to save Skylar. McKenna was an intriguing character from the beginning. She was one of those shady operatives that would do anything (and I mean anything) to save an innocent person. She was instrumental in rescuing Lucas Kane from his abductors. McKenna couldn’t not save Lucas. Somewhat of a celebrity, McKenna has followed him in the news for years. She couldn’t leave him to die.

Since she rescued him, Lucas has been searching for McKenna. When he first starts looking for her, he doesn’t even know her name. All he knows is that he has to know the woman that fought for him so courageously. In a last attempt to locate her, he hires Last Chance Rescue, having no idea until he is sitting in front of Noah McCall that McKenna is one of LCR’s. When Noah promises to pass on the message, all Lucas can do is wait.

McKenna has isolated herself for so many years that she can’t resist Lucas. In a few meetings, Lucas and McKenna are hooked on each other, though McKenna still can’t stay. She has demons that will follow her to her grave; demons that she won’t allow to touch Lucas. Every time she leaves Lucas, she tells herself that it will be the last time she will see him, yet she can’t stay away.

Lucas isn’t without influence and makes the decision to solve McKenna’s problems for her. That was about the only thing Lucas did that made me want to smack him. Without consulting McKenna, he decided to take matters into his own hands and “fix” her problems. That way they could be together. The decision was made with arrogance first, then actually wanting to help McKenna. If that makes sense.

Damien is a man that made McKenna’s life into hell. Killing her family when she was just a teenager, Damien promised McKenna that they would always be together. Though he was thought to have died in a prison riot, McKenna knows that he is alive and well. For years she has stayed under the radar, always one step ahead of Damien. She knows that she will have to confront him some day. It isn’t until she meets Lucas that she thinks the confrontation will be sooner rather than later.

McKenna was such a fighter, but she wasn’t beyond asking for help. I loved seeing her realization at the fact that she has family. She has people that would go to the death to protect her. After everything McKenna has sacrificed, no one deserved it more than her.

4.5 out of 5.

This book is available from Ballantine. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Second Chance by Christy Reece

Posted May 19, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Casee‘s review of Second Chance (Last Chance Rescue, Book 5) by Christy Reece.

Working for Last Chance Rescue, Cole Mathison has been to hell and back. But being responsible for the death of an innocent man is a hell like no other. Longing for redemption, Cole finds himself embroiled in the mysterious disappearance of Keeley Fairchild’s young children. Rescuing the children is his mission—but falling in love with the widow of the man he inadvertently killed was never in the plans. When Keeley’s life is threatened, Cole’s demons must take a backseat to the most important mission of his life. He might never know the heaven of Keeley’s arms, but he’ll never survive the hell of failing to save her.

Christy Reece is an author that gets better with each book. This is the second book in her latest trilogy, which continues the Last Chance Rescue series. Cole Mathison was last in Rescue Me. Everyone at LCR thought he was dead. He was really has been held captive for a year and had all cognitive thinking taken away from him by a crazy doctor. While drugged, Cole accidentally kills a man that he later learns was abducted much like him. Since he was rescued, Cole has made it his job to watch out for his widow and children.

Keeley has worked hard to get life back on track for her twin daughters after her husband was murdered. When her children are taken right in front of her, Keeley is understandably devastated. I thought that Reece did a phenomenal job of writing emotions from Keeley’s POV. As a parent, getting your child taken from you is one of your worst nightmares. It’s something that you don’t even contemplate. If I were to contemplate it, I imagine that I would have felt and reacted much of the way that Keeley did. I found myself literally hurting when thinking about what she must have went through. It made me forget (only for a moment) that she is a fictional character.

It was when Cole left his post as Keeley’s protector that Hailey and Hannah were taken. If the fact that he killed her husband didn’t create enough guilt, the fact that he wasn’t there when Keeley needed him most was something that he couldn’t forgive himself for. As soon as Noah McCall tells him what has happened, he takes the first plane out and lands on Keeley’s doorstep.

When Cole arrives, it’s been months since the kidnapping. Every day, Keeley feels a little less hope. Cole breathes hope into a situation that seems to have none, something that Keeley desperately needs. Cole had never seen Keeley before that, so he is shocked and uncomfortable with his attraction to her. When she comes to him for solace and comfort, he can’t turn her away even though he knows that she would hate him if she knew the truth about him.

Cole quickly zeroes in on the fact that the person that arranged for the twins to be taken is someone that hates Keeley and wants her to suffer. Everything bad that has happened to Keeley in the past several years is connected to someone that has intense hatred for her. The only person Keeley can think of is her mother-in-law, who has hated her from the day her husband brought her home.

Second Chance is about second chances. It’s about not being afraid to take another chance when it is handed to you. This book was very well written. I loved both Keeley and Cole. They were a couple that had both been through so much, I just wanted them to be as happy as possible.

4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Ballantine. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Author: Christy Reece

Posted February 26, 2010 by Casee in Promotions | 38 Comments

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Christy Reece is with us today to celebrate the release of the fourth book in her Last Chance Rescue series. Considering this topic, I really appreciate the irony.

Haven’t I Seen You Somewhere Before?

One of the most enjoyable things about writing a series is the opportunity to create interesting secondary characters who will someday have their own book. Introducing a character several books ahead of their own really helps me get to know them. When the time comes to write their story, we’re very well acquainted.

I love reading related books because there always seems to be a character I want to know more about. If this person isn’t the main character, I’m often left wanting to know more. With related books, I get to find out.

When I began writing RESCUE ME, I never dreamed it would launch the Last Chance Rescue series. I began that first book with no intention of writing any related books. At least until I met an intriguing secondary character named Noah McCall. This man came to life so vividly for me and was so intriguing, I even considered changing the storyline of RESCUE ME to make him the hero. My heroine, Eden, wouldn’t hear of it. She was still in love with the man who’d broken her heart years before and no matter how much I argued with her, she refused to consider loving anyone else. So I was left with no choice but to write RETURN TO ME, which is Noah McCall’s story. From there, each time I wrote a book, an intriguing secondary character would appear and I knew immediately he or she would have to have their own book.

Gabe Maddox has been a secondary character in the three previous LCR books. In NO CHANCE, he finally gets to tell his story. In the books leading up to his, Gabe has become increasingly fascinating and mysterious. When he revealed several secrets in RUN TO ME, he solidified the need for his own story. I had to find out what made him tick…why was he so unrelenting and harsh? What had happened to turn him into the man he is today? When I found out he was married, I was stunned. Where was his wife? What had happened to tear them apart? And why were they still married if they were no longer together? When he finally told me what happened, I fell for him hard. Gabe is definitely hero material and deserves his own book.

Have you ever read a book with a secondary character and just had to know more? Did the author write a book for that character? If you could name one secondary character in any romance that you really want to have his or her story told, who would it be?

We have two copies of No Chance to giveaway. Leave a comment with your answer to Christy’s question!

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Review: No Chance by Christy Reece

Posted February 26, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 9 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Casee‘s review of No Chance (Last Chance Rescue, Book 4) by Christy Reece.

Skylar James told a lie to the man she married, and eight years later she still bitterly regrets the deception. Unknown to Skylar, her husband, Gabe Maddox, now lives in the dangerous shadows of elite operatives who rescue victims. When Skylar tries to save a naïve young beauty, kidnappers come after her. For Gabe, Skylar had been his last shot at trust and love. But news of her disappearance battens down his anger and launches him into action. Saving Skylar is Gabe’s only chance for peace and his last chance for happiness.

No Chance had remnants of Paradise by Judith McNaught. I noticed that right from the beginning. I only thought about that once—during the prologue—before it went out of my mind. That was a good thing. I hate when I read a book that that seems to be a rip off of a almost identical to book that you really have no chance of living up to (I’m talking to you, Rachel Gibson).

Skylar James seems to be your usual poor little rich girl. When Skylar meets Gabe, he looks at her like a normal person. Not like the Skylar James. As they become friends, Skylar regrets her initial decision not to tell Gabe who she really is. After getting to know him, she is confident that Gabe will love her no matter what. That was before she married him.


After being in a foreign prison for years, Skye is like a breath of fresh air to Gabe. He sees innocence in her that does something to him. He can be himself with her. That’s why he’s so pissed (which really is a mild word for it) when Skye’s dad comes knocking at his door offering him money to go away. Skye insisted on flying home to tell her family about the marriage so they could get used to the idea. It’s not until later in the book that the full deception with her family is revealed.

Basically it’s this: Skylar thinks Gabe is gone and Gabe thinks Skye realized that she could get better than him. Skylar now uses her notoriety and celebrity to help people. Gabe went into LCR which gave him a chance to belong. Their paths collide when Skylar is kidnapped and LCR is called in to find her.

Skylar befriends young women that need help. She mentors them in a way. Her current charge is Kendra, who goes for a modeling job and then goes missing. When Skylar shows up to the place Kendra went, she is kidnapped as well. While she’s held captive, she realizes that there is far more to her abduction than a simple ransom. When Gabe rides to the rescue, Skylar thinks she’s dreaming. It’s after that that Skylar realizes what her father has done.

This book was full of stuff. I have no idea how else to explain it. It was jam packed with information. Not boring information. Just relationship information, bad guy information, kidnapped girl information. I think that Reece could have gone with one less point of view. I loved the point of view of the bad guy b/c he was just SO bad, but it just added to fullness of the book. Actually, he was too bad to have his POV taken out.

The relationship between Gabe and Skylar obviously changes once he appoints himself as her bodyguard. He wants to trust what she says about her feelings about him, but eight years has left him leery of trusting anything having to do with Skylar James. Skylar has to accept the fact that while she thought that Gabe was dead, Gabe knew that she was alive and well and didn’t try (hard enough) to contact her. I was really happy to see their happy ending. After the way their beginning started (before the interference of her family) they really were perfect for each other.

4 out of 5.

This book is available from Ballantine. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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