The Search

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The Search

Touching, suspenseful, with just the right amount of good humor running throughout -- The Search enticed me into its world from the very first page and didn't let me surface until the very end. 

This story hit all the main buttons for me -- I really enjoyed the back and forth between Fiona and Simon, with Jaws providing comic relief, that slow fall into the realization that this is love and this is it and it's both wonderful and frightening all at the same time. One word: cabinet. I also really appreciated Fiona's relationship with Sylvia -- it speaks to something in me when an author doesn't neglect to describe the other important relationships in a character's life. Mai too. Now I just want to know if Mai gets the next story because that woman is a barrel of fun. 

Another aspect of the book that I really loved was all the little details about Fiona's work. I realize that sometimes the reader just doesn't want to know that much but in this case I both enjoyed getting the extra information and thought that it really added to the story since Fiona's dogs do actually end up playing a huge role in the story. 

The intrigue and suspense was just enough to keep the book moving at a fast clip, but Roberts strikes a very good balance between letting the crooks run the show and allowing the romance to proceed at its own pace. Perhaps Roberts does get rather formulaic -- but hey, at least whenever I need some downtime for the brain, I know what I'm getting and I know that it's going to be fun. There aren't that many authors I can say that for. Can't wait for the next book to come out and again, Mai's story please? 

Book Blurb for The Search

The #1 New York Times-bestselling author presents a riveting novel where a canine search and rescue volunteer fights danger and finds love in the Pacific Northwest wilderness.

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life-a quaint house on an island off Seattle's coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescues. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare...

Several years ago, Fiona was the only survivor of the Red Scarf serial killer, who shot and killed Fiona's cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. But all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He's the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon's house, and he's at his wit's end.

To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can't handle. Simon, however, is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he's a rugged and in-tensely private artist, known for the exquisite furniture he creates from wood. Simon never wanted a puppy-and he most definitely doesn't want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to his hormones.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona's life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands...

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 4.75