#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers a riveting thriller in which a conflict of conscience for a former football star and an ambitious state prosecutor swiftly intensifies into a fight for their lives.
Former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Zach Bridger hasn’t seen his ex-wife, Rebecca Pratt, for some time—not since their volatile marriage imploded—so he’s shocked to receive a life-altering call about her. Rebecca has been placed on life support after a violent assault, and he—despite their divorce—has medical power-of-attorney. Zach is asked to make an impossible choice: keep her on life support or take her off of it. Buckling under the weight of the responsibility and the glare of public scrutiny, Zach ultimately walks away, letting Rebecca's parents have the final say.
Four years later, Rebecca's attacker, Eban—the scion of a wealthy family in Atlanta—gets an early release from prison. The ludicrous miscarriage of justice reeks of favoritism, and Kate Lennon, a brilliant state prosecutor, is determined to put him back behind bars. Rebecca’s parents have kept her alive all these years, but if her condition were to change—if she were to die—Eban could be retried on a new charge: murder.
It isn’t lost on Zach that in order for Eban to be charged with Rebecca’s murder, Zach must actually be the one to kill her. He rejects Kate’s legal standpoint but can’t resist their ill-timed attraction to each other. Eban, having realized the jeopardy he’s in, plots to make certain that neither Zach nor Kate lives to see the death of Rebecca—and the end of his freedom.
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Early in this overly long romantic suspense novel from bestseller Brown (Blind Tiger), Kate Lennon, a "smart, savvy, ambitious state prosecutor," arrives at the door of Zach Bridger, a former professional football player who lives in splendid isolation in rural North Carolina. Kate's goal is to bring Eban Clarke, sociopathic scion of a wealthy family, to justice. Eban has recently been released from prison early after serving only two years for participating in an orgy that left Rebecca Pratt, Zach's ex-wife, in a persistent vegetative state, her body hooked up to life support equipment. Though they'd been divorced for five years, Rebecca had previously signed documents granting Zach her medical power of attorney. Doctors had urged him to allow Rebecca to die, but he had resisted out of deference to her father's religious beliefs. Kate informs Zach that, upon Rebecca's death, she plans on bringing a murder charge against Eban. Meanwhile, Eban, who has vicious plans for revenge, is ready to get back into the sex- and drug-fueled lifestyle he enjoyed before prison. The only obstacles in his way are tenacious Kate and Zach, whose budding romance creates complications. The string-straight plot offers no surprises. Brown has done better.
I found the subject hard at times. I loved all the characters and felt he had dealt with the subject in a great and thoughtful way.
Continuous Story Line, No Gap Untured
Great read. A complete storyline, no question left unanswered, unlike some books that urge you to read their next Novel. Loved the way the story moved along. No open gaps before it picked yo again.
This an absolutely fantastic read! I’m a huge fan. Sandra Brown can bring the story to life. I always look forward to the next release.