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The Choice by Lorhainne Eckhart

Friday, July 29, 2011
Marcie Hollis is a Wiccan, who’s always played by the rules. That’s until she meets Dan McKenzie, a man who she believes to be the knight in shining armor she’s been searching for all her life. However, Dan’s not who he appears to be. He lures Marcie into his world of lies, greed and high-grade marijuana. But fate intervenes on Marcie's illicit trip for Dan to New Orleans, when she's robbed in a crowded airport. The thug not only makes off with her suspicious backpack, he knocks her down, her head slams on the concrete floor, and she loses her memory right in the path of DEA agent, Sam Carre.

After a six-month investigation into the activities of a big time drug dealer crumbles, the same day damming evidence is found stuffed in Sam’s locker – evidence suggesting he’s the notorious leak on the team, Sam jumps on the first plane home. Arriving in a crowded airport in New Orleans - his reputation and loyalty are in question. But even though Sam’s tired, disillusioned and haunted by a past that gives him no peace, he stops to help an attractive stranger when she falls in front of him. Then in an act of chivalry, he takes her to his home until the police can identify her. When questions arise about Marcie, and what she’s involved in, the answers lead them to the exact felons Sam investigated in the Pacific Northwest.

When her illusive memory returns, this complex case pushes them both to explain the unexplainable, and leaves Sam with a haunting question. Was she set up, or was this a game she played? Sam’s forced to make a choice, walk away from the attraction that connects them, or risk losing everything.

Good Reads Summary

The first quality the reader will notice about this novel is the amount of events occurring and meshing together all at once.  The reader will experience a drug bust, haughty and cruel drug lord, dirty cops, dark entities, etc...  Marcie, the main character, is smack dab in the middle of all of this.  Marcie is being utilized as a mule for her boyfriend, Dan, who turns out to have some magical persuasive powers of his own.  Sam, an agent working to nab Dan and stop the operation, sees and instantly wants Marcie for himself.  Marcie is one of those odd, but interesting characters who can see dead people.  She is a sympathetic character while Sam is the strong, handsome hero.  It doesn't take long for this story to get fairly steamy, there is a little bit of sex (for 18+ readers).  The novel is predictable in many ways, but there are a few surprising twists thrown in.  The ending is satisfying and expected.  This novel is recommended for adult readers who enjoy contemporary romance.

4 Stars