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Pro bono lawyer Jenny Parker is the only true innocent in her family. The daughter of a New Orleans crime lord, she’s tried for years to make her own way, but family ties always manage to pull her back in line. When her youngest brother gets involved in human trafficking, Jenny wants to believe him innocent and tries to protect him, even though it means covering for his crimes.
Matthew Ryder knows Jenny is hiding something, and he couldn’t care less about her motives. As a member of the Committee, a covert anticrime agency, he’s dealt with the worst the world has to offer. To him, Jenny is just another criminal. But when she asks for help, things turn dangerous quickly, and though he can’t trust her, he can’t turn her away.
Now, Jenny and Ryder must head to South America to stop the trafficking ring. To find the truth, they’ll have to survive untamed jungles, hostile rebels, crushing betrayals, and—perhaps most dangerous—the fire of their undeniable attraction.
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I really enjoy books that touch upon gritty subjects such as human trafficking and the sex trade. It's a good way to get people to think about these topics. Ms. Stuart does a great job of introducing her reader to this horrible business that exists because of dark shadows to hide in.
I am still not quite sure how I feel about the characters in DRIVEN BY FIRE. They were beautifully written and I was cheering Jenny along for her pluckiness and gumption but boy when she loses it, she really loses it and never seems to get it back. It is realistic though as its hard to bounce right back onto our feet once we get a really bad shock and she had a few in a row.
Ryder is just a nasty piece of business. He is constantly picking on and belittling Jenny so I am still scratching my head on why she would fall in love with him. Especially after he uses physical force to get his way. He is the type of man that keeps therapists in business.
Despite my feelings about the characters, I did find DRIVEN BY FIRE to be a page turner. There was a lot of action, danger and mystery that kept me glued to the page. I do recommend this book to my readers who enjoy romantic suspense. Just remember that Ryder could trip some triggers.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.