Happily Ever After Book Nerd Favorite
Pure Dynamite by Lauren Bach
Published: October 1, 2004 by Zebra
Genre: Suspense Romance
HIS MISSION: HIGH RISK
FBI Special Agent Adam Duval is deep undercover with one mission: gain the trust of his cellmate, Lyle McEdwin, one of the notorious McEdwin family, by staging a prison break with him. Lyle promises they can hide out with his family in their secluded bunker, and that’s just the opportunity Adam’s been looking for – until it all goes wrong. Lyle is injured in a shootout with an off-duty cop, and Adam has no choice but to kidnap Dr. Renata Curtis from her clinic in order to keep Lyle alive…
HER LIFE: IN DANGER
Eluding the police, the trio reaches the compound, where it’s clear the McEdwins want Renata dead. She can identify them and their top-secret location. As Lyle grows more unstable by the hour, Adam faces his toughest mission yet: how to protect Renata without giving himself away to the rest of the McEdwin clan. But a much bigger game is in play, and Adam is the only one who can stop a network of domestic terrorists from executing their deadly plot…
Pure Dynamite was an excellent suspense romance that kept the tension high and the emotions right at the surface. Books where one character kidnaps the other are always a risk for me in terms of a believable love story but Lauren Bach does an amazing job of creating the relationship between Renata and Adam. The chemistry builds slowly between them, but I loved the believable pace and I never felt like Renata’s feelings were only a result of the circumstances. Instead, I could clearly see how Renata began to fall for Adam even when she thought he was a convict.
Adam was an excellent hero who is strong and protective with just enough of an edge. He doesn’t want to kidnap Renata and he certainly doesn’t want to hurt her but he has to maintain his dangerous reputation in front of Lyle. The struggle that Adam goes through was written so well and I loved the contrast between the dangerous convict Adam has to play and the gentle man he actually is. Renata is also a great character and even though she’s stuck in an impossible situation she never gives up. Renata’s strength is clear from the beginning and I loved her fire and intelligence.
There’s a lot of story packed into Pure Dynamite and I didn’t want to stop reading because I was so invested in the story! It’s definitely one of my top favorites.
**Reader Safety: Hero was abused as a child (referenced, off page)
5 stars – loved it!