Saturday, October 8, 2011

Review: Expendable by Maggie Jaimeson

Expendable by Maggie Jaimeson

***received this ebook in exchange for an honest review and participation in the blog tour.  The tour is being presented by The Bookish Snob Tours.

From the inside flap:
Jenna lifted up the blanket and gasped. "What the hell?" She was in only her underwear and an oversized T-shirt, not her own. No bra. No dress. No stockings.

"You bastard! What did you do to me? Where are my clothes?"

He slowly pulled a chair up to the bedside and she scrambled to the farthest corner away from him, wrapping the sheet around her. His dark brown eyes invited confidences, but she wasn't in the mood for sharing.

"I'm not going to hurt you--believe me. If I'd wanted to hurt you, you wouldn't be talking to me now." He patted the pillow where her head had been. "Please, relax. Come back and we can talk."

"I'll stay right here, thank you." Jenna edged a leg over the side and eyed the door. If he made one move toward her, she'd drop the sheet and run like hell. She didn't care if she was half naked; it would be better than being raped.

"Start talking," she said. "What happened after you hit me on the head?"

"I didn't hit you on the head."

"Right, and you didn't kill Tanya, and you didn't take her baby." She stared at him, her teeth clenched. She could bite him too, if she had to.

"Who's Tanya?"

"As if you didn't know, you murdering bastard."

My thoughts:
     I fell in love with this story as soon as I started reading.  The characters captured my heart upon introduction.  David - the small, frightened child.  Reed - the strong, ex-military man who was so very damaged.  Jenna - the peace-loving fighter.  Jenna's and Reed's friends too as we meet them.  I loved the parallels, three women and three men - all tough, amazingly single, so close to each other that they feel as if they are family and passionately protective.  Throw in their quirky personalities, a dangerous situation, a truly evil bad guy (Doctor Crane is terrifying and evil to his very core, the kind of villain that you instantly despise and secretly hope doesn't get to come out of the story unscathed), and a small child in need - and you have the makings of an incredible story.  
     Maggie Jaimeson does not disappoint!  She takes these cleverly created characters and puts them into a story filled with danger, death, desire, fear, and passion, then she throws in hope and love.  She takes you on the ride of your life as Jenna and Reed struggle with the problem of saving David from a madman when neither are totally sure they can even save themselves from themselves.  
     This story is a roller coaster of emotions.  We are taken along on a journey where the questions asked are hard and the answers can only be found within a field gray, where even more questions are asked. Questions of ethics, morality, and judgement.  What risks are worth taking? What cost is too high? Who gets to decide who is expendable and why?  What would be worth killing or dying for?
     Wonderfully written, exciting page turner!  Couldn't put it down!  

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