The Awakening of Dr. Brown

Black Sheep's Baby

Danger Signals

Daredevil's Run

Eve's Wedding Knight

Lazlo's Last Stand

The Seduction of
Goody Two-Shoes

The Sheriff of Heartbreak County

Shooting Starr

The Top Gun

Virgin Seduction

 
Kincaid's Dangerous Game,
by Kathleen Creighton
(SRS #1563, $4.99, PG) ISBN 0-373-27633-2
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Kincaid's Dangerous Game is the fourth and final book in "The Taken" series featuring children "taken" from their home when their father, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, killed his wife and then himself. The siblings were separated and placed in foster care as young children. Holt Kincaid, who has committed his professional life to be a finder of missing persons, has succeeded in reuniting the family except for one of the twin girls.

Although Brook and Brenna were adopted by the same family, at age fourteen Brenna ran away, preferring to live on the streets to life at their foster home. Holt has no clue where she might be or even if she is alive but while watching late night ancient reruns of Texas Holdem Tournaments in Las Vegas, he sees a player who resembles Brook. She is shielded by sunglasses that she never takes off, but Holt thinks there is enough of a resemblance to start his final search for Brenna with her.

The author wastes little time on the investigation that lands Holt in the flower shop where the woman works. She answers to the name of Billie Farrell and quickly spots that Holt is after something more than a flower order. She follows him determined to identify the problem and confronts him. He takes her to lunch, explains his position honestly and at first she denies being that person, but soon relents because she is strongly attracted to Holt.

She refuses to meet her family but when Holt discovers Billie/Brenna has a daughter given up for adoption when she was much younger, she offers a trade. If Holt will find her daughter, she will meet her family.

But again the author wastes no time on investigations. Notwithstanding the fact that adoption records are sealed in every state, he reappears in Brenna's's life in less than a week with the name and address. Her daughter Hannah is living in Reno and Holt offers to take her there to see her. Brenna cannot resist this, so Hold calls on a friend with a private plane to take them. The friend, naturally, is one of her brothers. Meanwhile, a former friend is pressuring Brenna for a share of her winnings.

Perhaps the characters would not appear to be so shallow if the reader has read each of the other stories in this series since it is only Brenna who is developed with any depth. Many poker analogies are used which does add an unusual flavor to the book. But much of the last part of the novel is devoted to the "happily ever after" having merely skipped lightly over the hurdles to get there.

--Thea Davis


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