3rd in the Last Chance, Inc. Trilogy
Author: Dee Davis
ISBN: 0-373-77060-X (HQN Books)
Finished: 20 July 2007
Who: Melissa Pope, CIA agent and Nigel Ferris, British intelligence
From the back: British special agent Nigel Ferris has devoted his life to avoiding relationships — until he’s called upon to help foil a terrorist plot, and comes face-to-face with the one woman who ever came close to scaling his emotional walls. Photojournalist Melissa Pope knows that people would kill for the intelligence she’s been gathering. But the man assigned by Last Chance to protect her is another kind of threat altogether.
Comments: The book was good, but my reaction to this one was different than the first two. The author spends more time with the villain in this book, and it was easier to see how to connect the dots and figure out what was going on. To me, it didn’t unfold the same way.
That being said, I’m also glad that the author varied her plots from book to book. Each of the three heroes had a different perspective going into their individual romantic relationships: Gabe fell in love for the first time; Payton was haunted by the memory of his first wife; and Nigel got a second chance with the one that got away. The core plot point, the mysteries, were also different — though the focus of all three were on the heroines.
Melissa Pope, the heroine of this book, is different from Madison and Samantha, yet still similar. She’s a CIA agent, though not black ops like the men. She’s good at what she does and happy with her career, but lately she feels she’s missing out. And, like all the others in Last Chance, she’s afraid to commit. The one thing that didn’t come up, that I thought would have been the biggest obstacle, was that he’s British intelligence and she’s American intelligence. What about conflict of interest? Apparently, it wasn’t an issue for them.
My favorite parts of the book are when the members of Last Chance are out on missions. By now, they’re an experienced team. Too bad Harrison didn’t get his own book. And I liked the epilogue.
“Something involving murder and mayhem, if I’m to guess. I’ve heard it’s your stock-in-trade.”
“That and matchmaking. I do seem to be rather good at that.”
— Andrew Ferris, Cullen Pulaski