The Mercenary by Cherry Adair Release Date: First published 1994, republished 9/17/12 Publisher: Harlequin HGN Book #1 in the T-FLAC series Number of pages: 256 Kindle Edition Source: borrowed from MCL Romantic Suspense M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 11/6/16 to 11/8/16
This is my second foray into the Cherry Adair universe and I wasn’t impressed. Often when I find an author I want to delve deeper into I start from the oldest work I can find. That sometimes means they haven’t found their stride yet. I’m hoping that’s the situation here since I’ve read many good things about this author’s work. And I did enjoy the short story I read by her.
One of the issues with this story has to do with the actual storyline. It’s glaringly obvious this story was written pre-9/11. Whether or not the author and/or her editors did any sort of update between the original publication date in 1994 and the republished date in 2012 I cannot tell you. If they did, it wasn’t anything obvious. What we know about terror cells and how they work and how the governments throughout the world react to them is so different from what is portrayed in this book. That’s not the fault of the author; it’s the fault of the passage of time.
I actually liked the hero Marc, aka Phantom. Even when he was being a jerk, it was with good reason. And he had common sense, something the heroine Tory did not have. I get that Victoria has led a pretty sheltered life, but her stubbornness doesn’t come across as naïveté. Her stubbornness came across as stupidity. I hate to say that, but it’s true.
There were quite a few holes in this story, one of them being Tory’s hair. I have long thick hair. Not as long as Tory’s so hypothetically my hair would dry faster. That woman took so many baths/showers during this book yet only once is it actually mentioned that her hair is wet after. It always seems her hair is shiny and silky. There is also the issue of the belt. No spoilers here, but I will say the belt does reappear after disappearing. So that’s something.
The telepathy between Tory and her brother wasn’t a hole, but it felt incomplete. I really wish there had been some sort of prologue to give us some back story on that aspect of Troy and Alex’s relationship. Due to the nature of Marc’s job, I understand why he so readily accepted ability of Tory’s. I just wish as the reader we could get more.
The next book in this series shows it was published in 2000. Since I really want to give this author another chance and the next book should be more modern I will be giving it a try.