Claudia Shelton’s debut novel “Risk of a Lifetime” hooked me right from the start. Her heroine, Marcy Bradley, finds herself in the midst of a bank robbery. FBI agent, Jean Bernard Bradley (known as JB), her ex-husband, is on the scene to rescue her. JB believes he’s no longer married to Marcy when in actuality she never filed the divorce papers. When Marcy is paraded outside by the high-on-drugs bank robber JB tries to talk the man into giving up his hostage when an unknown sniper shoots and wounds Marcy.
JB cracked me up and pissed me off. He is a true alpha male and you can’t tell him what he can and cannot do. He turned in his resignation letter and for good measure e-mailed it to his boss and his boss’s boss because they wouldn't make him lead on the case. Not only that but he completely took charge in the hospital, you would have thought he was the doctor. The lead FBI agent in charge, yeah that didn't, he steamrolled right over him too. This book is full of adventure and funny moment, but the most notable one is that divorce or not they still care for each other.
Three years ago, Marcy Bradley let the man she loved go so he could follow his career dream of being an FBI agent. She sent divorce papers. He signed. She never filed them. When a disgruntled client threatens her life, her ex, JB, is all that stands between her and an early grave. Injured during his last assignment, FBI Special Agent Jean Bernard—JB—Bradley questions the honesty of his fellow agents. A few days recuperation back in his hometown will give him the perspective he needs. The added bonus is it’ll give him time to convince his ex-wife to come back to him, despite his life of risk. But when Marcy experiences a slew of unexplained accidents, JB realizes he brought the danger to her doorstep. With a killer after them, Marcy and JB run for their lives, escaping to a lakeside cabin. Their love is rekindled, and JB realizes they’re still married, but will there be time for their passion amidst the explosions and gunshots?