Magnum Force Man by Amanda StevensMagnum Force Man by Amanda Stevens
Series: Maximum Men #1
Published by Harlequin, Intrigue on November 1, 2009
Genres: PNR, Rom-Suspense
Pages: 211
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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He had little memory of who he was or where he'd been, but the images that kept flashing through his mind meant computer genius Claudia Reynolds was headed for danger and only Jack Maddox could rescue her. Although they'd technically met before, it wasn't until the bullets started to fly that the blonde beauty was convinced to follow him through the remote South Dakota woods...far from the mysterious facility that Jack had once called home. Now, as Jack sensed they were closing in on answers too many people had died covering up, the long-forgotten pain buried deep in his past proved their connection was the only thing he could rely on. And the only thing keeping Claudia alive.

I bought this book because I think the author is the same one who wrote the Graveyard Queen series.

That series is way better.

I didn’t like this one at all. It has a great premise, and I think it sets up a series, but it’s not for me.

So Claudia worked in a lab and her mentor was murdered. She witnessed the killer leaving the scene, and she herself became a target. Two years later, a man jumps out in front of her car on her way up to her isolated cabin. When he comes to, he has no memory. All he can tell her is that she’s in danger and he’s there to protect her. The way Claudia sees it, he is the danger.

Jack reminds me of that nineties TV show called The Pretender on some level. He was taken as a child to live in isolation with his twin brother Jared. The man who took them tries to enhance their precognition/telepathic powers. But by the time they’re teens, they realize this man is a very bad man. Their escape is short-lived, and they’re transferred to a place called The Facility. It is here that Jack starts to have visions of Claudia.

When he realizes she’s in danger, he and his brother devise another escape plan. Jack finds Claudia, and saves her…for now. I think the next book is about Jared, Jack’s twin. But I don’t think I’ll continue on. I didn’t like this enough. I think three quarters of the book is Claudia waffling back and forth between Is he going to kill me? Or is he here to save me? I didn’t like her, and for this kind of a paranormal plot, you need more pages than we get. It was an ambitious idea, and I didn’t think it worked with the shorter word count of a Harlequin Intrigue. However, the concept is there, and the premise is good. I just didn’t like the writing style much. The Graveyard Queen series is definitely a far superior series. The storyline, the characters, and the writing are all much more in-depth. Read that instead.