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Dangerous Connections (Blackthorne, Inc.) by Terry Odell
Review by Mel Jacob
Terry Odell Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: B00G0YWG34
Date: 18 October 2013 List Price $3.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Dangerous Connections offers a sexy thriller involving Elle, a female cop looking for her missing sister, and Jinx, a naÔve Blackthorne stand-in, seeking a lost covert rescue team and a missing woman in the jungles of Mexico. Drug cartel henchmen, sex trade baddies, and lack of reliable information complicate their search and leaves them fleeing through the nighttime jungle in danger from wild animals and trigger-happy gunmen.

Jinx is a backroom guy responsible for compiling intelligence information for Blackthorne teams. Unfortunately, one such team on a rescue mission to find a woman missing in Mexico goes awry, and Jinx blames himself. As a result, Blackthorne puts a new scheme into motion, and Jinx poses as an out-of-work telecommunications expert vacationing in a Mexican resort while he awaits a new job. Blackthorne has conveniently disabled the communications system of the drug cartel suspected of kidnapping the woman. Jinx is supposed to compound their communications problems while ostensibly fixing the system.

Kidnapped along with Elle, who had been trying to convince him to help her find her missing sister, they end in the stronghold of the drug cartel boss. The drug lord who also runs brothels for his workers has amorous plans for Elle. She sees a woman who might be the person Blackthorne seeks, but doesn't get a chance to tell Jinx.

Time is limited, but Jinx completes his task and arranges for pickup by Blackthorne for him and Elle. Once away from the drug lord, they seek clues to the missing Blackthorne team and the women. Elle has a map given her by one of servants who indicated it is where women are taken, but it's difficult to decipher.

Odell provides plenty of action and enough sex to satisfy romance readers. She does a deft switch of gender stereotypes with a heroine adept with guns and survival and an inept computer geek who would rather play video games than catch bad guys. Nonetheless, their trek through the jungle seeking Elleís sister strains credibility at times especially when they stop for kisses, etc., while in dangerous territory. Overall, the novel provides enough romance and danger to satisfy most readers.

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