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With a 12 million dollar debt, there’s no escaping the mafia.
When Jenna Masters embarks on a vacation to Antigua, she anticipates leaving behind her hectic job in the intensive care unit but doesn’t anticipate meeting an attractive stranger, Ryan Walsh, with a dark past. She turns down a romantic encounter, not wanting to invite danger into her life. When Jenna is kidnapped, she discovers her own past has resurfaced to claim her and she turns to the one man she knows can help her – Ryan Walsh.
Jenna and Ryan plummet into danger that threatens both of their lives. Can they free themselves from the wrath of a killer or will they find their lives cut short by those that seek to destroy them?
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives. Mostly from Ryan & Jenna’s POV, but there are some scenes from various secondary characters.
C. B. Samet is becoming my go-to for romantic suspense when I want a heavier emphasis on the action, suspense, & thrills with strong female characters. I also enjoy that Ryan and Jenna get to really know each other, yes it’s insta-attraction but by the time the “I love yous” are shared I felt it a true reflection of their relationship. In typical Samet style all romantic scenes are closed door. While each Rider Files book is a stand alone with a complete story, there are secondary character arcs that run through and these are best read/listened to in order.
Jenna is a Critical Care doctor with a teenage son and an ex-husband with a gambling addiction. She meets Ryan while taking some time off at her parent’s Antiguan resort and he is on a low-key reconnaissance job. While things don’t work out for them there, they are later thrust into each other’s lives when Jenna’s ex offers her up as payment for his gambling debts. Neither has stopped thinking of the other in the interim.
I don’t want to spoil the plot points – but I really appreciated the numerous action scenes in this one spaced out with intermissions of calm where we get to know Jenna, Ryan, as well as their friends and coworkers better. It never feels like there is too much angst or drama, yet the story is still captivating. (so much so that I listened to it in one day!)
Samet is also building future story lines for Maxine & her son as well as the spunky blue-haired tech genius Claire. Less prominent and I don’t see any books for him yet – but I do hope Reece will get his own HEA. I’m eager to jump into the next book, McMillan File.
Tim Shafer’s narration was good. He gives all the characters their own voices, accents, and personalities. I always knew exactly who was talking.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
After listening to Meridian File, I immediately purchased all four available Rider Files ebooks. However, I did receive a free copy of the audiobook from Story Origin and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
About the author:
Christina is four-time award winning author in thriller, romantic suspense, and fantasy.
She is a mother of two energetic boys and a Jack Russel Terrier. She is a lover of suspense, adventure, and happy endings. She is currently writing the fifth and final installation of the Avant Champion epic fantasy series, and an new urban fantasy trilogy. The Rider Files books 1-4 are complete, but she’s mapping out books 5-8. She writes action and adventure in fantasy and romantic suspense genres with strong female leads.
“I grew up reading Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and the Bourne books. I write seeking to create that level of action and intrigue but with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”
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My Favorite Quotes
Did she comprehend her rescue was only the beginning of the battle to come? – Masters File by @cbsamet1 #Rider Files #Audiobook #RomanticSuspense #ClosedDoor #BodyguardTweet
Jenna, we’re going to have to have a talk about not hiding beneath a tank of gas during a gunfight. – Masters File by @cbsamet1 #Rider Files #Audiobook #RomanticSuspense #ClosedDoor #BodyguardTweet