Special Agent Jo Clarin is at the top in her field. She is in demand and works high profile cases with ease. She’s tough, but growing up in a house where abuse was the name of the game, Jo’s had to be. Jo has a softer side and is ready to help abused children and those who need her help and expertise. Jo’s latest assignment is keeping NASCAR great Troy Vinstonie safe. Troy was kidnapped and tortured, but managed to escape. As the book opens, we find that Troy’s kidnappers aren’t finished with him and have sent him a threatening letter.
Troy is trying hard to overcome his fears. Being tortured and abused by his captors, he will do anything to ensure he never experiences anything like that again. He’s a strong and fearless man on the racetrack, but until he can heal both mentally and physically he will never have his life back. When the latest threat is delivered, Tony is really scared.
Troy desires Jo from the beginning, but because of her abuse Jo doesn’t like physical contact. When Jo sees the scars left from Troy’s abuse, she feels sympathy for him. He doesn’t want pity, so Jo shows Troy the scars left from her childhood abuse and a connection is formed. Troy is hesitant to trust Jo, at first, but soon realizes he needs her tenderness, comfort and maybe even love to heal.
Rae Monet gives the reader two gifts; well defined and very likable characters and an amazing story. The agents working with Jo are great fun and add give the story an edge. Troy’s suffering is convincing and this reader understood Jo’s need to help him heal. It’s only a matter of time until they give into their needs and the healing and maybe even love can’t be far behind.
STOLEN COURAGE is about the loss of faith in your fellow man and the healing power of love. Troy is a fearless competitor on the track, but he lost his edge and until he can get learn to trust again, he can’t be successful. Jo is the key to Troy’s healing and she intends to keep him safe, find the kidnappers and help restore his confidence. STOLEN COURAGE touched my heart. It’s a wonderful story with extraordinary characters and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Jennifer Ray
for The Road to Romance
November, 7, 2004