Review: To the Brink

To the Brink
To the Brink by Cindy Gerard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Darcy Prescott inadvertently learns a dangerous secret related to her diplomatic work, she knows the only person she can turn to for help is her ex-husband, former Special Forces, Ethan Garrett. Although their whirlwind romance ended in divorce, Ethan’s love for Darcy is as intense as ever, and he does not hesitate to mount a rescue after realizing that Darcy has disappeared without a trace into the jungles of Venezuela. Can he save her before it is too late?

The plot transitions between the past detailing Darcy and Ethan’s initial meeting and romance, and the present focusing on Darcy’s kidnapping and Ethan’s rescue. While this format has the potential to undermine a story, in this instance it is very effective as the reader is quickly immersed into the intensity of their prior relationship, which increases the excitement for their eventual reunion.

While Darcy and Ethan’s chemistry is intense and their characters very appealing both as individuals and as a couple, the suspense elements are weaker mainly due to the overuse of military jargon. Nevertheless, the rescue sections are exciting (if somewhat overly descriptive), and realistic.

The secondary romance involving the unexpected and emotionally fraught attraction between Ethan’s brother, Dallas, and Darcy’s fellow captive, Amy, is another highlight of the book. It will be difficult to wait until book #6 for their story.

In sum, To The Brink is the best installment in Gerard’s series thus far. Although the books have been more miss than hit for me, this story has renewed my motivation for continuing.
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