Betrayed by her gypsy boyfriend, Jovana Trajkovski manages to return to her parents' home in Macedonia after being abandoned and left for dead. Her brother Bojan offers her a safe new life in Arizona where she moves in with her future sister-in-law. As her brother's honeymoon approaches and his concerns for her safety rise, he asks his close friend, Randy, to stay with her.
Randy Strong is an honest, moral man who speaks Jovana's language and he's more than just her brother's good friend. He also happens to be Jovana's boss. Complicating things even more, Jovana has developed unexpected feelings for the man.
Jovana can't imagine a nice man like Randy wanting a woman with her sordid history so when a handsome stranger pursues her, she embraces the opportunity, even though her heart longs for Randy. Will her fear of being hurt again lead her into another dangerous situation?
The phone vibrated in her hand, startling her. She almost dropped it on the floor. She checked and saw Bojan's picture appear on the screen so she pushed the green button.
"Alo?" She decided to speak to him in their native tongue so Laney wouldn't understand her if she started correcting him for what he was doing. She would keep her voice calm, but her meaning would be clear. Boki was starting to get on her nerves. He was smothering her.
"Hello, my dear sestra. How are you?"
"I am good, my overprotective bratko. I told you before to stop pestering me. You do not need to follow us home. You said you would not do that to me anymore."
"I was not following for that reason. It is important that I speak with you in person."
"Okay, I will speak to you, but we will talk in private in case I get angry with you."
"You won't. I am only offering to do what is best. You know I worry about you."
Jovana rolled her eyes as Laney pulled into the garage and turned off the engine. Good thing her bratko couldn't see her gesture or he might be offended.
Laney touched Jovana's arm and whispered, "Is he giving you a hard time again?"
Jovana did not understand how time could be hard so she shrugged. So many sayings made no sense. It would take her forever to understand so many things.
"Chao." She pushed the button and ended their conversation. Handing Laney the cell phone, she said, "Fala, thank you."
"Is no problem." Laney imitated Boki's favorite saying and did such a great imitation that Jovana felt a giggle tickling her throat.
She pressed her fingers to her lips and tried to contain her mirth, but failed.
Boki pulled up next to them in the garage and killed the engine. Always the gentleman, he opened Laney's door first. She watched her brother cradle Laney's face and lower his mouth to hers. Her face heated at the sight of their tender kissing. Would a man ever love her like that?
Posted by Dawn M. Turner on 29th Mar 2013
Another winner by Michelle Sutton. Actually a 4.5, but they don't allow for half-ratings. *G* This story so beautifully illustrates the redemptive power of Christ, including how He can redeem a shattered past and make a life brand new again. Anyone who has found themselves doing bad things to please another person because of past pain will be able to identify with Jovana's struggle. And Randy is such a sweetheart of a hero, with his patience even in the face of some very special temptations, and his willingness to stick to the path no matter how Jovana tries to throw him off. A wonderful read.
Posted by Dawn on 7th Feb 2013
Michelle Sutton does it again...Ms. Sutton will pull you in at the first page and never let you go! If you liked Danger at the Door, you'll love this book. Ms Sutton creates lots of romantic tension and will leave you breathless, wondering what will happen next as her characters fight to overcome the obstacles placed before them. Her characters are so believable that they'll become the friends you'll want to visit over and over again. I give this one an A+.
Posted by The Romance Studio on 6th Feb 2013
These characters were so realistic and the storyline so emotionally charged that it was impossible to not be caught up with them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in other cultures and/or the trials of a new commitment to God. - Brenda Talley