Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Blurb: France, 1942. The world is at war. The Nazis have stolen the infamous blue diamond, Le Coeur Bleu, intending to barter it for weapons that will destroy the Allies. Jewel thief Hunter Smith is given a choice: help the French Resistance steal back the diamond and avenge the death of his best friend, or stay locked up in an English prison. He chooses revenge.
Resistance fighter Madeleine Bertrand’s husband died when he was betrayed by Hunter Smith. How can she now pretend to be married to the arrogant American? How can she betray Jean Philippe’s memory by her passionate response to Hunter’s kisses?
Neither is prepared for the maelstrom of attraction that erupts between them. To survive they must uncover the mysteries of the past and conquer the dangers of the present. But first Madeleine must decide whether her loyalties lie with her dead husband and the Resistance or with the greatest love of her life.
Review: I did not like the cover when I first looked at it. The shades of grey and black, the blurred top, and the swastika almost made me decide not to read this book. I'm glad I did because it proved the old adage; "You can't judge a book by its cover" was definitely true in this case.
When you get ready to start on this thrilling, action packed love story, make sure you have a comfy spot and all the snacks and other necessities you need; because when you start reading you won't want `to stop for anything.
Hunter is in a prison in London when the story starts. A man comes in and tells him if Hunter will agree to steal a diamond, He can have Hunter released. Of course Hunter agrees to steal the le Coeur Bleu which is over 30 carats and flawless. He will avenge his friend Jean Philippe's death also.
Hunter is dropped into Nazi occupied France in World War II. Madelaine, a member of the French Resistance, meets him. Jean Philippe was her husband and she blames Hunter for his death. With lots of sneaking around, lots of Nazi bad guys, dreary rainy weather, lots of night time meetings with other members of the French Resistance, and romance make this a book that will make you tell the hubby and kids to go away because you are busy. The bad guys are horrible vicious villains. And the good guys are true blue heroes. Of course, there had to be a fake diamond to add to the intrigue. A former lady friend who turned out to be a thief shows up with a not so nice man who wants to buy the Blue Diamond from the Nazi general who had it. The main man, Hunter is handsome and the main lady is beautiful, just like they should be in a love story. You will like the ending... both of the bad guys and the heroes.
All the elements of a really good story make this one a keeper. The plot was well developed with lots of twists and turns. The characters acted like real people, even the immoral vicious ones. The situations Hunter and Maddie found themselves in were believable. And from what I know from studying World War II, I think the actions and events were accurate.
So, in summary, put aside your book markers because you won't need them; turn off the phone because you won't want to be interrupted, lock the door, and ENJOY this one by Jana Richards.
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