David first met Jade when his best friend introduced him to the woman he was about to marry. David couldn't quite believe the gorgeous Jade would be forever out of reach, but being the good and loyal guy that he is, he never let the couple know how much he wanted Jade himself. Fate has a twisted way of throwing curve balls though and when Jade's husband is killed in the line of duty David stands firm at her side and bides his time. Now I mentioned fate toys with us, well poor David is poll axed when he discovers that two years on Jade is about to go on a date. What's worse, is it's not with him! Has he left it too late to romance the woman he loves? Can he ever get Jade to see him as something other than a friend?
In the midst of all this turmoil comes a real threat to David's hopes and dreams. Jade crosses paths with a woman who is about to put Jade well and truly in danger. David's a tough guy but those chasing Jade are relentless and she's set right in the firing line. David has not waited this long only to lose his prize but time is most definitely not on his side as Jade has become a target!
I liked Jade right from the start. She's dealt admirably with bring widowed so young and has made a life for herself. She's bravely prepared to start facing life head on again and take risks. It was sweet to see how she didn't just push David away. He's not a character who deserves to be used as a rebound and Ms Stuart did a fine job of allowing Jade to open up to him and really see him as a man and not just an old friend. Is he sexy? Oh most definitely yes, and so prepared to do anything to make her feel like a desirable woman again.
This is more than just a romance. Although quite short, there is a very strong storyline running through Tempting Target. I have no wish to spoil it but it's a very dramatic story with odious bad guys who deserve to come to a sticky end. I'm not sure about a couple of things that happened, but it's fiction so anything goes! Sexy and fun, another good book from Ms Stuart.
Tempting Target is available at Amazon in paperback for $9.89 and the Kindle edition is $5.78. At Barnes & Noble, the paperback is $10.02 and the Nook book is $6.99.