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RED ALERT
JESSICA ANDERSEN
ISBN# 978-373-22945-1/0-373-22945-3
October 2006
Harlequin Enterprises Limited
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
$4.99
248 Pages
Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 Cups

Dr. Meg Corning works at Boston General Hospital, and has just had a medical breakthrough in her research. She has found a way to isolate fetal cells in the mother’s blood and how to test for the baby’s genetic make-up with those cells, something many said could not be done. In order to be taken seriously, she has toned down her personality considerably. She no longer bungee jumps from buildings, goes climbing outdoors, or parachutes. But she misses those things. She has also toned down her appearance, getting rid of the streaks in her hair and not wearing or decorating with the bright colors she prefers.

Eric Falco owns one of the largest technology companies on the east coast. An ex-cop turned businessman, he wants Meg’s research for personal reasons. Since his leg was severely damaged during an ambush when he was a cop, and he thinks Meg’s research may provide a way to heal his leg, he is willing to do anything to get his hands on it. However, he is not the only one.

Eric saves Meg when she is nearly killed after being pushed into a hole where cement is being poured, and begins to suspect that it was not an accident. When a second attempt is made, Eric is able to use his old cop connections to be with Meg at all times. Even though she despises his business practices and has strong misgivings about the ethics of allowing him control of her research, Meg is falling for Eric. It is only when the killer gets his hands on Meg in her lab, and there is the very real understanding that she may die, that Eric discovers what is truly important to him.

This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end. I could not put it down until I had read the very last page! The sexual and emotional tension between Eric and Meg is so palpable, you can cut it with a knife. In spite of this, Ms. Andersen did a fantastic job of showing how and why Eric is so ruthless, and in spite of this ruthlessness you find yourself liking him. Anyone can relate to Meg and how she longs for the freedom to do what she loves without having to worry about what others might think, or how they will view her, as we have all experienced that at one time or another. The medical ethics issues, as well as the science of Meg’s research, are explained in such a way that a layperson can easily understand, which I found gratifying. This book will make an excellent addition to anyone’s collection and I highly recommend it!

Regina
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