Abby Williams has got it made: First a new job as magazine editor in London, and now a trip to an exotic island to review a five-star resort with poolside service. Unfortunately, on day two of her vacation, Abby finds herself bound and stuffed into a burlap bag and dragged across two continents. And worse than that? Her hottie abductor has got her distracted. Maybe escape is overrated.
Iain Brodie is a muscle-bound mercenary. He just helped a despotic dictator take over an island. He’s also Abby’s kidnapper, and he has his own problems. Framed for a murder he didn’t commit and a boss who’s out to get him, he has to face facts: Early retirement is out of the question and Abby Williams looks damned good in a burlap bag.
I don’t usually go for books with ripped, half-naked men on the cover. Not that I have anything against men like that. I try to avoid too much of the classic romance alpha male because I enjoy a bit more depth to my story, but Bounty by Elise Sax intrigued me. It’s just as well I didn’t judge the book by the cover…
Bounty reminded me of the classic adventure movies of the 1980’s: Romancing the Stone or Indiana Jones, for example. It’s full of adventure, suspense, action, romance (with enjoyable doses of sexual tension), and humour. Bounty does all of these things well but it is the humour that hooked me and wouldn’t let go. Of all the (many) first chapters I have read throughout my bibliophile life, Chapter One of Bounty is one of the most funny and memorable: “A is for…” (I won’t ruin it for you, you’ll just have to read it).
Abby is a likeable leading lady. She’s feisty and vivacious, which is essential to a good romantic adventure novel–but most of all she’s funny. She’s the classic open her mouth and think later type, talking her way out of dangerous situations. Contrasted against the impenetrable, strong silent type, Brody, they make for a very intriguing pair.
There is more to like about this story than romance and the characters. The plot is well thought out, taking us from Africa, to Eastern Europe, England and New York, never letting go once it has you in its grip. Most of all this book is fun. Perfect ‘escape from reality’ fiction guaranteed to leave you with a big smile on your face.
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I picked up the phone. “I thought we had a deal!” I yelled at Harriman. But it wasn’t Harriman.
“I don’t remember making a deal, Princess.”
I felt feverish at the sound of his voice. A warm wave of wonderful washed up my body making me want to remove my clothes at the first available moment.
“I thought you were somebody else,” I stammered.
“Somebody you made a deal with, it seems. Should I be worried?”
Think. Think. Think.
I was out. I couldn’t think of what to say. He should be worried, and it was my fault. I had made a deal to his detriment. I was a drain on him, and he didn’t even know it. He kidnapped me, but I had alerted the authorities about him. The feds were breathing down his neck, and he was oblivious. He sold me to a Chechen warlord, and I sold him out. Way out. Clean out. Out to sea. Out of this world.
I had to come clean. I had to warn him. Warn him about the authorities and warn him about me. He would hate me. He would never call me Princess, again. My tongue grew thick, and my throat closed. I thought, optimistically, that I was having anaphylactic shock.
About the Author:
Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. She is also the author of the Matchmaker Mystery Series.