The title of the latest Man on a Mission story is certainly appropriate, as a man finds himself in a horrific situation when his very young daughters are kidnapped. Dirk DeWinter was met in a prior book in the miniseries, where his wife gave him two cherished children before she died. Though he is a famous actor, his family means much more to him than any stardom or wealth. So when the girls are in danger because of an event that took place years ago, being in a foreign country adds to his problems. The days following the abduction are a roller-coaster ride of rising fears and mental torment, expertly entwined with the mounting suspense of what the kidnappers will do next and the unexpected emotional connection between two people on a frantic mission. Amelia Autin only gets better with every book written, and A FATHER’S DESPERATE RESCUE surpassed my every expectation.
From the moment Dirk DeWinter spied Mei-li Moore in a jazz club in Hong Kong, he was intrigued by her looks and is shocked at how much he would actually like to talk with her. Not since the death of his beloved wife has he noticed another woman in a sexual way, but he feels the time is still not right for him to make any type of move. Dirk is a popular movie star and is in the city making an action film. Since it will take several months to complete, his twin daughters came with him. But when the little girls are taken by someone, he will do anything to have them safely returned.
When it turns out Mei-li is a private investigator plus hostage negotiator, Dirk thinks she is his best bet in getting his children back unharmed. An incident that previously happened in his life is once again causing him trouble, and he is afraid this time the outcome may be devastating. As Dirk and Mei-li try to find the best solution for getting his girls back, they begin to see the other differently than only that of hostage negotiator and client.
The way in which Hong Kong is so vividly described all throughout the story had me feeling as though the setting was well known to me. While I may not have ever been there, I could clearly visualize each location from the colorful details that were easy to picture in my mind. Amelia Autin definitely makes every scene come across as credible, where genuine facts had me believing all situations that arise could occur as portrayed. By knowing about the threat to the children from the very start, the whole book is a race against time to bring them back to their father. Mother Nature even causes a threat to make circumstances more challenging.
While the escalating suspense in the story is noteworthy, the romantic aspects are just as memorable. From the admirable behavior of Dirk and Mei-li to their exceedingly honest reactions, I found them to be a very believable couple. They have insightful conversations about the kidnapping plus their personal lives, and each new revelation drew me more into the storyline. The more I learned about Dirk and Mei-Li, the more I wanted them to have fulfilling future lives. Their relationship grows realistically and is packed with sincere feelings that had me experiencing their every thought and response right along with them. Hopefully, there will be many more Man on a Mission stories to come. A FATHER’S DESPERATE RESCUE is unforgettable romantic suspense, where developments are unforeseen and emotions are conflicted.
Copy received from author
Series: Man on a Mission
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Releases: April 1, 2016
Author website: http://www.ameliaautin.com/
Rating: 5 Stars