Sunday, October 26, 2014

Title: Ultimate Fear
Series: Ultimate CORE #2
Author: Kristine Mason

When a deranged mother's grief drives her to replace her dead son over and over, obsession leads to murder... 

Chicago detective Jessica Donavan will never stop looking for her missing daughter. Her obsession has destroyed her marriage, but the search is the only thing that helps keep her sane and her mind off of everything she’s lost—her husband and her baby girl. When she uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances and reappearances of a number of baby boys, Jessica turns to her soon to be ex, Dante Russo, a former Navy SEAL turned investigator for the private agency, CORE, to help her fit together the pieces in this perplexing puzzle. But as Dante helps her, she realizes just how much she still craves his support—and his touch. 

Dante is still in love with his wife and would do anything to have her back in his life again. He’s been miserable since she left him to deal with the grief over their daughter’s abduction, never understanding how much he grieves as well. When Jessica tells him about the case she’s working, he jumps at the chance to take part in her investigation. He's hoping not only to save their marriage and ease his personal pain over the loss of their daughter, but to stop a serial kidnapper from taking another victim. 

As Jessica and Dante work side by side, pregnant women begin to turn up missing or dead, and they start to uncover the consequences of another woman's unfathomable grief. The childless mother doesn’t just want a baby. She wants a newborn straight from the womb. 

And when forced to confront the dark and twisted perversion of a mother's obsession, can Jessica and Dante find their lives again…or merely more death? 

Ultimate Fear begins with Jessica a police detective being called on a case. We learn she and her husband are currently separated and have been for a couple of years now. Jessica and her husband Dante have a lot of issues, one of them is the fact that their daughter is missing and has been for a while as well. They have no idea where she is or what has happened to her, and no leads either. But when Jessica's obsession for finding missing children leads her and Dante to work together to find out what is going on, things start changing between them again. And old hurts and old love come back to the surface. 

This book was very good! It had lots of mystery and suspense, as well as romance. But it also had a beautiful heartbreaking story that I wish had ended a little differently. Not to say that it didn't have an HEA, because it did in a way, but I was still sad with the way it ended. 

I loved Jessica and Dante. Both of them were dealing with grief in their own way and still trying not to hate the other while also loving the other. Jessica was strong in her own way, but she was a mother who lost her child and that was a very horrible and sad thing to look through her eyes even for the short time I spent reading this book. It really opens your eyes to the people who go through living with a missing child everyday. I do not envy them, and I have much respect for the fact they are still standing today. 

Dante on the other hand, handled his grief a little differently. But as we learn in this story it affected him just as deeply as it did Jessica. I also loved how he never gave up on his wife no matter how much she pushed him away. 

Their relationship was actually spectacular even with all of the ups and downs. To me that just made it even better! And I was happy for them for the most part in the end. Now I look forward to reading more in this series, I just hope in one book we get a few questions from Dante and Jessica's story answered. 

Kristine Mason didn’t pick up her first romance novel until she was in her late twenties. Immediately hooked, she read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of her own. After the birth of her first son she needed something to keep her mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good came from writing it. She realized her passion and found a career she loves.

When she’s not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) she’s chasing after her four kids and two neurotic dogs. 


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