Strangers When We Married
In the previous book in this series, Simon the terrorist managed to get his hands on 800 pounds of pure heroin. With that much dope, he can sell it and get the money he needs for his ultimate goal – to bring down the agency SPEAR and get his revenge on its head, Jonah. Seth Greene, the SPEAR agent who was in charge of the raid where Simon got away with the heroin knows there is one agent who can help him find Simon’s location, his ex-wife Meghan, a computer expert.
Seth and Meghan married in a fever of desire. As long as they were in bed, things were fine between them, but they never talked to each other. Meghan was consumed with fear every time Seth went on a mission. She desperately wanted him to quit, or at least become an office agent like she was, but she would not tell him why. Seth refused. He would not entertain the thought of quitting SPEAR or even taking an office job in the organization, but he would not tell her why. When Meghan found out she was pregnant, she left, demanded a divorce and told Seth she wanted no part of him in the baby’s life. He agreed, and has not seen her for almost two years.
When Seth comes to her home, looking sexy and needing her help, Meghan is torn with conflict. The desire is still there, as hot as ever but the communication problem is there as well and they don’t seem to be able to bridge it. Then there is the added factor of Kirk – an adorable little toddler boy who loves his daddy as soon as he sees him, and Seth bonds with the boy as well.
Strangers When We Married is a slow moving, slight book. Literally, nothing happens. All and I mean all the action happens off the pages. Meghan angsts to herself about her feelings, Seth angsts to himself about his feelings and they both refuse to talk – really talk – to each other for such a long time, I wanted to shake them. Instead of having a simple adult conversation, they spent pages and pages worrying, fretting and stewing until I lost my sympathy for both of them. It’s a shame since they started out as very likable, decent characters.
The best parts of the book are the scenes with Seth and Kirk. I’ll admit to being a total pushover when it comes to little boys – I think they are the dearest creatures in the universe and the scenes where Seth and Kirk play and bond together as father and son were sweet as could be.
Meanwhile, Simon gets captured and then escapes (all offstage) and this sets up the next part of the series which will take place in the mythical country of Madrileno. I hope that we will finally see a bit more of Simon and have some action actually happen onstage for a change. I’ll be back next month to let you know what happened – stay tuned.