“Do you ever get tired of saving people?”
“Someone saved me once,” she reminded him.
Czech Republic born Kari Strauss has faced her share of adversity and loss; however she does not let the past define her. Owner of a successful Arts and Crafts boutique, Zolcalo, she travels over the Mexican Border from California purchasing one of a kind Latin American crafts to sell in her store. Kari does most of her buying from Maria, a woman she befriended in La Buffadora. Working two jobs and making poverty level income, Maria is supporting her widowed mother and younger siblings. She is determined to cross the border into the US to find work in order to send money back to her family and therefore begs Kari for a ride. Never one to turn her back on those in need, Kari agrees, hoping she is not making the biggest mistake of her life. Kari makes it through Tijuana border control with Maria hidden in a box in her van, but not before being questioned by Security Officer Adam Cortez who inspects her personal assets as well as her cargo before letting her pass. After work, Adam decides to do an off record back ground check on Kari due to her suspicious and nervous behavior. She had made an unshakable impression on him not only by her propositioning him as a distraction but mostly due to her last name, Strauss. He immediately recognized Kari as the sister of Sasha Strauss, long time girlfriend of Mexican drug lord, Carlos Moreno. Adam and Moreno have their own history and Adam is determined to see if and how far involved Kari is to Moreno’s drug operation as a way to finally seek retribution for the pain and loss he felt upon Moreno’s hand.
When Maria and Kari arrive at her home, Moreno’s right hand man, Chuy Pena, is waiting for them with a warning. Sasha has become a liability and a nuisance to Moreno stealing his money for her drug habit. Moreno will not release Sasha to her sister unless Kari is willing to pay her debt. Once Kari agrees to pick up an extra shipment (illegal drugs) on her next trip to Mexico, Moreno will deliver Sasha to her unharmed. Kari is determined to do whatever it takes to get her sister back and away from Moreno’s control. When Adam visits Zolcalo on several occasions after their initial border encounter, Kari recognizes the sexual tension and attraction they both feel but knows she cannot get involved with a border patrol officer given her sister’s current status. What she now has to decide is if she can trust Adam with the truth in order to gain his help in seeing that her sister is returned in one piece.
This was my first read of Jill Sorenson’s and I must say I was highly impressed. She has the type of candid and captivating style that I believe could easily be adapted into the motion picture industry. Ms. Sorenson delivered a well-balanced blend of steamy romance and suspense with an edge and rawness that kept me glued to the pages. From the moment Kari and Adam faced off there was a slow, simmering heat that intensified as the story progressed. Although Adam was guarded with his feelings initially and reacted with caution towards Kari, he could not deny the desire and genuine goodness he witnessed in Kari as well as lengths she would go to in protecting the people she loved. The progression of Adam’s love for Kari was realistic given his issues with trust and as the reader you could feel how he was at odds with himself emotionally and physically in surrendering to her. Furthermore, witnessing Kari’s realization that letting Adam walk out of her life was more devastating that the fear of permanently losing him one day was a monumental moment in their union. The secondary characters Ian and Maria were just as prominent in the story as the primary couple and at times I found myself more investing in them given their past history. Ms. Sorenson gave both Ian and Maria ample time in the story to discover unresolved feelings between the two. I adored Ian! His strength and kindness melted my heart and his tenderness and protective nature toward Maria was staggering. I can only hope that Ms. Sorenson will begin writing a book for Ian and Maria as their story definitely is not finished and both are deserving of a HEA! If you are a reader that enjoys an equal balance of “edge of your seat” action and suspense combined with emotionally strong and passionate characters, Caught in the Act is definitely a ride you do not want to miss!
“The way he kissed was kind of…indecent. He didn’t test the waters or use a light touch. He just dove right in, filling her mouth with his tongue. There was nothing polite or tentative about it. He used her mouth for his pleasure, delving inside, taking what he wanted.”
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