Edge of Sight
Some storylines in romantic suspense novels are believable, are placed in a realistic universe. Others are, well, not. Edge of Sight falls somewhere in between these two. Regardless of whether or not the conspiracy around the suspense is likely, it’s plausible within the universe the author creates, and enjoyable.
Three years ago, Sam Fairchild and Zach Angelino had a passionate, consuming affair right before he left for war. Before he left, she told him she loved him; he never contacted her again. Now, Sam is in trouble. She was the witness to a professional hit of a famous journalist, and the assassin has her picture. Fearing for her life, she seeks help from her friend, who happens to be Zach’s sister. She is starting an investigative firm/protection agency, and decides Sam will be their first client. Zach, who is recently returned from recuperation after an injury that cost him an eye, is charged with Sam’s protection.
Things are complicated, though, when it comes out that the person who ordered the hit is competing with the killer himself to get rid of Sam first — and the police hate her, because she previously had witnessed a crime, falsely identified the perpetrator, then years later worked for his exoneration and eliminating the corruption in the police department that helped contribute to his conviction. So the police, too, are after her; it’s up to Zach to keep her alive. But with his injuries, he fears his inability to protect her — and what it might mean if one of the few women he’s cared about is killed because of him.
This basic plot — soldier protects former flame from murderer — isn’t exactly new. Oddly, that didn’t bother me. The competition amongst killers is, well, implausible, but adds suspense and uncertainty to the plot. The story was fast paced and action-filled, but not ridiculously so. In between the car chases and the attacks, there were still satisfying scenes of conversation and healing of Sam and Zach’s relationship.
Both of them were interesting and compelling characters, with believable uncertainties and fears. Sam’s backstory is particularly interesting; it may be a bit stretching logical probabilities that one woman would witness two unrelated serious crimes so many years across, but falsely identifying an innocent man, who spent ten years in prison, would certainly make a girl question her judgment and memory. Likewise, Zach’s experience in the war and his family history makes him an obvious candidate for his particular brand of issues. But, they still fit well together; their chemistry was palpable, while not overwhelming their relationship and making it all about sex without emotion.
If you’re looking for an exciting, fast-paced, and romantic story, Edge of Sight is a pretty good bet.