I’m not entirely sure why I find the setting of Jill Sorenson’s books so compelling. She definitely creates multi-dimensional characters who must deal with difficult life situations and awful life choices. Her plots are engaging, filled with danger and action, and interspersed with palpable and believable romantic tension. But I often wonder if I’m drawn to her stories because of diverse elements of the world in which she writes. After all, I live on the East Coast, in Massachusetts - and life on the Mexico/California border is a world away – and very mysterious. This makes much of what Sorenson writes about refreshingly different from my life.
Karina Strauss owns a boutique that specializes in Latin American crafts. To keep her inventory fresh, she makes weekly buying across the border to Mexico. On one trip, she smuggles a friend into the U.S., narrowly avoiding detection by Adam Cortez, a border protection officer who realizes that Karina is up to something. Unfortunately, someone else takes notice of Karina’s actions and decides to blackmail her. The situation is made more complicated by the fact that the blackmailer is deeply involved with Karina’s drug-addict sister.
Karina knows that the last thing she should do is get involved with a border protection officer, but the chemistry between Adam and Karina cannot be denied. Each has their own secrets, ensuring that the course of true love won’t run smoothly. Of course, the danger from the blackmailing drug dealer is a major threat as well.
In addition to Adam and Karina’s relationship, there is a secondary romance between Maria, the woman Karina smuggled into the U.S., and Ian, Adam’s friend. Ian is a DEA agent working undercover. He and Maria have a bit of a history from an earlier attempt to illegally leave Mexico. They renew their acquaintance when Maria ends up working in a hotel run by the drug dealers – and where Ian is buying drugs undercover. This romance complements Karina and Adam’s nicely.
“Caught in the Act” is a romance that will keep readers on the edges of their seats – the romance is hot and the action is intense. The characters captured my attention and never let go. This book is a great choice for readers looking for an unusual setting with diverse characters.
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