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Monday, April 03, 2006:
Take a "Deep Breath", Relax, and Enjoy

This book is installment #7 in Alison Kent's exciting SG-5 series. In "Deep Breath" we meet Georgia McLain, a treasure hunter who has a talent for finding valuable items that others are willing to pay big bucks to obtain and possess. This time around, the coveted item is more personal, tied to her late father and Georgia is determined that no one but her is going to get their hands on it. She's got too much to lose, and too many unanswered questions.

Georgia is convinced no one but her knows the whereabouts of this historical document, but she should have known better. Another, more dangerous treasure hunter known for his merciless methods has been following her, and when Georgia and her brother Finn stop for a bite to eat at a roadside diner, he barges in with his goons and gives Georgia an ultimatum: she has three days to locate and deliver the document back to the diner, otherwise her beloved brother will die.

Tagging along for the ride is Harry Van Zandt, whom Georgia thinks just happened to have been at the wrong place at the wrong time when she sees him in the diner, but he's actually an SG-5 operative working on his own mission. All Georgia knows is that her new sexy partner makes her mouth water and that distracting fact is keeping her from focusing on getting the job done. But she refuses to let anything happen to her brother, the only family she has left, so she sucks it up and does what needs to get done in order to save Finn and the other innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire.

It just so happens Harry is also looking to recover the same document for the Smithson Group, only now, Georgia's mission has become top priority for the moment. He is caught off-guard by this beautiful and brave woman, amazed at how strong she is when faced with a dangerous situation. Georgia is unlike any woman he's ever met, not caught up in all the female trappings or clamoring to find domestic bliss. Instead she is a woman without real roots, who travels with little baggage, and who fascinates and infuriates the hell out of him. Helping her becomes his mission, falling for her becomes inevitable.....

I have been a long-time fan of Alison Kent's stories, starting with her Blaze books - such as the gEAR gIRL series - and I love how I can be going along, reading one of her stories, when all of a sudden she catches me off-guard with what happens next. Just when I think I have it all figured out, Kent veers off in another, more interesting direction and keeps me locked into the story. This one is no different. I might think I know exactly how Georgia is going to react, or believe I know what to expect around the next corner, only end up being surprised. I love the SG-5 series, and while the book can be read on its own, I would suggest reading the previous stories for a lot of the background, especially for characters making a return engagement. You will not be disappointed. "Deep Breath" will leave you wanting more. More action. More passion. And more SG-5 operatives.


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