Monday, February 09, 2009

Review: Against All Odds

This will be a week of reviews: I've read some great romantic suspense and other books that are perfect for a week that celebrates love and Valentine's Day.

We kick the week off with Against All Odds. Irene Hannon's latest book has a stellar endorsement on the front cover. "I've finally found someone who writes romantic suspense better than I do." Dee Henderson.

I love Dee Henderson's O'Malley series - it's some of the best romantic suspense out there, so I honestly didn't know if Against All Odds could live up to that amazing billing. Instead of being disappointed, as I read I remembered all the things I love about romantic suspense. The tension of two characters who are caught in a ticking time bomb situation. The pull of attraction coupled with the reality that emotions are crazy because of the stress. The idea that there are heroes out there ready to do anything to save the girl. And that there are women strong enough to do what they can to protect themselves. Mix in a strong spiritual thread and strong writing, and you have a delightful read. I CAN'T wait to read the next book in this series!


For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, Monica Callahan isn’t making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father, who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East, she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States…until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real—and escalating. As Coop and his partner do their best to keep her safe, David Callahan continues his work—triggering an abduction that puts his daughter’s life at risk. And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever managed to breach the walls around his heart are dropping. Because terrorists aren’t known for their patience—or their mercy.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Against All Odds, go HERE


4 ½-star, “Top Pick” rating from Romantic Times BOOKreviews!

"Brava! Award winner Hannon debuts the heroes of Quantico series with a wonderful
array of believable characters, action and suspense that will keep readers glued to each page. Hannon’s extraordinary writing, vivid scenes and surprise ending come together for a not-to-be-missed reading experience.”
~Romantic Times BOOKreviews~

“I found someone who writes romantic suspense better than I do. I highly recommend Against All Odds as one of the best books I've had the privilege of reading this year. This is a captivating, fast-paced, well written romantic suspense destined for my keeper shelf. I loved this book, and highly recommend this author."
~Dee Henderson~ Author of the O’Malley Family Series


raspberrygirl said...

This book sounds interesting! I've requested my local public library to get it.

I found your website/blog through either the Heartsong Presents website or another HP author's blog. I can't remember which. Very nice!

bigguysmama said...

Cara, thanks for sharing this book. I love Dee Henderson!! With her loving this book and you, too, I know that I can't wait to read it now. Will keep my eye out for it!

Mimi B said...

Nice review!

I really enjoyed Against All Odds. Irene Hannon is like another Dee Henderson!

My one disappointment was the purely physical attraction between the two and some of the descriptions. I found myself saying “oh, come on. This is cheesy.” It rankled me throughout the book to an small extent as well. However, the relationship really developed well throughout the novel – much more in-depth than many characters you find in novels.

I wrote an in-depth review on my own site at



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