In one passionate night Special Agent James Reynolds and scientist Kelly Jarvis went from friends to lovers. Then Kelly walked away with only an apology. Now James is charged with solving a bio-terrorist attack—and Dr. Jarvis works at the suspected lab.
Is Kelly an accomplice or a victim? Just what are her secrets that drove her from James’s bed? Soon one thing becomes clear: The ghosts of her past has nothing on the terrorists targeting her and Washington, D.C. Another threat bathes the city in red alert, and now there are lives at stake, in addition to hearts….
What has science got to do with romance? A lot as author Lara Lacombe proves in this fast paced debut romantic suspense, Deadly Contact. Both James and Kelly are so much attracted to each other. But they allow past insecurities and hurts to interfere in their relationship. Trusting each other becomes crucial where each views the partner’s actions with mistrust. It does not help that Kelly’s life is in danger and James has to be her protector, so to speak.
I found the behaviour of these two irksome, to say the least. I kept on wishing they would each realise that they loved each other; but anytime it seems things has eased up a bit and they are going to reconcile, their insecurities flare up, with tension mounting between them rising to palpable heights. To add to this is the suspense of bio-terrorism the author skillfully weaves into the plot. I was actually holding my breath till the end.
What I like about this book is the fact that though the plot has to do with science, the book is not scientific. Am I being clear here? The language is not scientific. All science related issues are written and explained in clear layman’s language. Very readable and very ‘understandable’!
The characters are believable, down to earth and well-developed. The somewhat silly notion I had of female scientists not having a love or active sex life is debunked by Lacombe in Deadly Contact I also fell a little bit in love with James. I mean who would not swoon at the feet of a dangerously dashing FBI agent with a gentle heart and quirky sense of humour?
Having said that I think the ending somewhat fell flat for me. This in no way detracts from an overall engaging and suspenseful read.
Lara Lacombe earned her PhD in microbiology and immunology and worked in several labs before moving into the classroom. Her day job as a college science professor gives her time to pursue her other love; writing fast-paced romantic suspense with smart, nerdy heroines and dangerously attractive heroes.