Tag: Devlin Group

Review: 72 Hours by Shannon Stacey

Posted September 15, 2011 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors), Romantic Suspense

Holly‘s review of 72 Hours (Devlin Group, Book 1) by Shannon Stacey

Alex Rossi leads a double life, and it may cost Grace Nolan her son.

The Devlin Group: A privately-owned rogue agency unhindered by red tape and jurisdiction.

Grace Nolan walked away from the Devlin Group carrying Alex Rossi’s child in her womb and his bullet in her shoulder. But a ghost from the past has kidnapped her son, Danny. The ransom-Alex Rossi. To get her son back, Grace will have to step back into the life she’d left behind and reveal her secret to Alex.

With vengeance for his mother’s murder nearly at hand and a deadly substance on the loose, the last thing Alex Rossi needs is to find himself at the business end of Grace’s gun. Now the clock is ticking as they race to save a child and stop a madman bent on destruction.

But Alex has a secret of his own, and it may be the ultimate betrayal.

I decided to read this book because of the secret baby plot. I like them when done well, and I was led to believe the heroine’s reasons for keeping her son a secret from his father were reasonable. What I was told was correct – her reasons made sense and allowed me to enjoy the story without anger at her for keeping her son a secret.

I really liked the chemistry and emotions between Alex and Grace. Their past history made the story more intense. I also liked the action scenes. Grace was a pretty kickass heroine. I especially liked that she was the one that rescued her son.

What didn’t work as well for me was her insistence that she go after the bad guys after recovering her son. As a mother, I can understand her need to rescue him herself. I can even understand the need for vengeance and wanting to hurt the people responsible for kidnapping him. What I can’t understand is leaving him almost immediately after rescuing him and putting yourself back in danger…especially without waiting to see what kind of emotional trauma he might be suffering.

Luckily – and this is reflected in my rating of the book – Grace realized she was an idiot and I felt like she learned her lesson. It came a little late in the game, but better late than never, right?

I am kind of disappointed that it was so short. I would have liked to see more with Alex getting to know his son. In any event, I will be reading the next book in the series. Stacey managed to hook me.

3.5 out of 5

This book is available from Samhain Publishing. You can buy it here in e-format.

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