Bend But Never Break

Cheryl Phipps
Bend But Never Break
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Cheryl Phipps
Release Date
February 2014
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

A desperate mother's search
Talia McLeod is on a desperate hunt to find her kidnapped daughter Chloe, stolen by her brutal ex-husband and hidden in New Zealand. His drug-dealing past has caught up with him and he's an unstable and dangerous foe but she'll do anything to rescue her daughter, with or without law enforcement's help.
She's in danger from two men. One wants her dead. The other wants her love.
Detective Nick Foster has been trying to catch Randall Hughes for years. When he finds Talia near death at the hands of her low life scum of an ex-husband, he whisks her away to safety in a secret hideaway. As long as Randall believes she's dead, his guard is down, and Nick will do anything to solve the case. Ever the cold, clinical professional, Nick is horrified to realise that he wants to keep Talia close to his side for more than just her own protection. In fact, his feelings put the entire mission at risk, and raise the stakes for everyone involved.
The clock is ticking, and Talia and Nick both risk losing everything. Can they save Chloe and still have a future together.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jun 07, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
192 people found the following review helpful
Cheryl Phipps creates a dynamic story of romantic suspense in BEND BUT NEVER BREAK.

Beaten and left for dead, all Talia wants is her young daughter--and she will do whatever it takes to get Chloe back in her arms.

Nick, the police officer who rescued Talia, wants nothing more than to bring Talia's ex-husband to justice. He didn't count on a mutual attraction to get in the way.

BEND BUT NEVER BREAK is about a mother who will face the monster from her worst nightmare in order to reach her daughter. It's about a woman who may have been a victim of a fierce attack in the past, but she completes self defense training to ensure it never happens again.

The characters are richly detailed, with a clear sense of good guys versus bad guys. The storyline is solid with the romance serving as the icing on the cake without too much detail. It is first and foremost a story of suspense, as the twists and turns provide the reader with an interesting diversion because nothing is quite what it seems.
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