By Cindy McDonald
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Five years ago, First Force operative Grant Ketchum let the ballerina of his dreams dance right out of his life.
After her American adoptive parents had been killed in an automobile accident, Silja Ramsay returned to her birthplace, Russia, to take the position of the principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company. She was living her dreams, and although they had very little contact, Grant was proud of her.
The owner and director of the ballet company, Natalia Novikov, has a dark secret: her beloved ballet company is almost broke. Natalia has become so desperate for funds to keep the company afloat that she’s forced her dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties.
As the prima ballerina of the troupe, Silja has been exempt and kept in the dark about the parties, until a big-time American financier, who is obsessed with Silja, offers to bail the failing ballet company out and provide Natalia with everything she will ever need. His prerequisite: Silja must become his personal companion, live in his home, and fulfill his every desire.
Against her will, Silja is taken to the American’s mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her, Grant:
Now Grant Ketchum is on a mission to find his lost ballerina and rescue her from this powerful man’s subjugation. He will do anything to get her out alive.
If they survive, will he let her chase out of his life again?
This book delivers intrigue, suspense and romance.
There are a lot of dark elements to this storyline. The character of Ballard Crafton exemplifies evil, but fortunately for Silja, her knight in shining armor is able to intercept her message for help before departing on another mission and arrive in time to save her.
The author does a good job of integrating several sub-plots into the storyline and successfully ties them all together. Character development is well done. Things aren’t always as they may seem, as witnessed by Tess’s revelation in the final chapter.
When Grant shows up at Silja’s bedroom door at the Crafton mansion – and she falls into his arms. Even though it’s been five years, they both realize they only have eyes for one another.
The romantic sparks flying between Peyton and Casey are entertaining and promise another story down the road.
The “huh?” part:
Very few cats would be as gentle under such extenuating circumstances. Or possibly any circumstances.
Yes. It’s a page-turner, fast-paced and has a well thought out storyline.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on March 24, 2016.