Don’t Let Go
Grand Central Forever, Apr 2008, $6.99
In Las Amazonas, Venezuela, La Mision de la Paz school teacher Jordan Bliss adopts four year old orphan Miguel. However, before she arranges to bring her son home rebels attack and occupy the mission. Her sister Jillian back in Suffolk County, Virginia calls in a favor. Soon afterward a US military team retrieves Jordon; however a navy officer rips her from her adopted child leaving the kid behind. Stunned and outraged, she vows to get her child back and will never forget the sailor’s face nor forgive him.
US Navy SEAL Solomon McGuire has never done a mission that has left him as upset as Operation Extraction; he cannot move past the female American’s horrified face that he will never forget; even rationalizing that he followed orders fails to help his conscience. Especially since he knows what it is like to lose a child as he has only recently regained his own vanished son Silas. Feeling guilty and questioning the ethics of his team’s snatch, Solomon offers Jordan a deal; if she tutors Silas in reading, he will try to locate and recover Miguel. Although she wants to tell him to shove it, she agrees. As they work together to locate Miguel, they fall in love; however Jordan hides from her beloved plans to act on the information that Solomon provides to her by rescuing her son without him.
Marliss Melton’s latest SEAL romantic suspense (see NEXT TO DIE, IN THE DARK and FORGET ME NOT) is an exhilarating thriller that focuses on how far a parent will go for their beloved child. Although the Jordon-Miguel segue is the prime story line, there are a few other parental-offspring subplots that enhance the theme of parental love for a child that may not even share your DNA. Readers will enjoy this fine family drama as Ms. Melton provides a strong tale.