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To the Brink

By: Cindy Gerard
Narrated by: Alastair Haynesbirdge
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Working on highly sensitive diplomatic affairs, Darcy Prescott is a natural target for terrorist kidnappers. But when she's mysteriously plucked off a street in Manila one sultry night, Darcy's disappearance isn't what it seems.

The moment Special Forces soldier Ethan Garrett laid eyes on Darcy, he knew she was the woman he would marry - and he did. But when their marriage fell apart, Ethan never really recovered. Now a highly paid bodyguard, Ethan quickly slips back into combat mode when he learns of Darcy's disappearance and calls in old favors to assemble a rogue rescue team.

Tracking Darcy all the way to the jungles of the Philippines, Ethan knows every move he makes could mean the difference between life and death. His love for Darcy burns stronger than ever. But when he learns the true reason for her abduction, it may be too late to save her - or himself.

©2006 Cindy Gerard (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Good but...

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!
IF YOU DO NOT WANT ANY SPOILERS, PLEASE SKIP THIS REVIEW.
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My review with spoilers is below.


What drove me a bit crazy about an overall good story?


1. For me, the flashback scenes in between the present scenes, killed the flow of the story. I think it would have been much better to do two parts - Part I - Before the kidnapping and Part II - Present Time

2. The TSTL moment which lead to the kidnapping - why not have her safely send the evidence, then have her kidnapped at the hotel. Authors need to portray their heroines with more brains - most women think things through.

3. Run away from the person who traveled 1/2 way around the world to rescue you from terrorist enclave because you want to 'keep him safe'? This same man has 3 former Special Forces brothers, a former Secret Service sister and a father who was both special forces and a police officer and now runs a SECURITY COMPANY! Really? TSTL x 1000!

4. He took out a bad guy to rescue her plus he went on covert missions for the Army which are strictly need to know and always classified and she is upset about that? I am former military and know that if he talks to her about the missions, he is subject to arrest. She is State Department and they are held to similar standards. I know that it is meant to be a plot point but, Cindy, please make it about something that isn't classified like he won't share his feelings about his time serving.

5. She asks for a divorce, then takes off. She tells the H that she really did not want a divorce but she wanted him to chase after her. She felt he wasn't communicating with her... WHAT? Communication is a two way street. If something is wrong or you think something is wrong with a relationship, tell that person what is on your mind. The fact that she said she wanted a divorce, then took off closed the door to communication. She blamed him for her wrongdoing. The H wasn't perfect and was closed off but she could have worked with him on the communication issues.

I did enjoy the story and liked the suspense. The way the second h was treated was fantastic and most of the jargon was accurate. Parts, of course, were cheesy as it feeds on stereotypes of strong alpha-male military types but that adds to the fun of the story. I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 due to #3 above.

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Always gets it right

Listening to a Cindy Gerard audiobook is literally like watching an action romance movie. The action, twists, turns, the suspenseful and descriptive writing puts me smack dab in the scene. She is excellent. This is the fourth book of hers I’ve read and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all tremendously.

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My issue with this book is the editing. There are skips, not finishing sentencing repeats of partial sentences. It’s frustrating. I have listened to over a hundred books both in this format and on CDs. I seldom run into this problem. It is quite an issue in this book.

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Another Idiot!

Darcy (works for the state department) was a idiot. She married Ethan, a bad *ss special forces military man. One night they are attacked & Ethan kills the attacker . Darcy has a problem with this .I suppose she would rather Ethan had let him kill them or maybe shake his hand , pat him on the back and say "nice try, better luck next time". This incident along with Etans' inability to talk about his work (legally he can't) & his wanting her to transfer back to the US for her safety & then his NOT continuing to bug her about the transfer after she asked him to drop it,(in her small brain that means he doesn't care) causes a riff in their marriage. Darcy leaves & informs Ethan, she wants a divorce. Years later a co-worker is killed & Darcy is in trouble so who does she call: ETHAN! Now after she makes the call for help she makes the brilliant decision to go for a walk (instead of staying safe in her room) at night & is kidnapped. Ethan arrives with his crew & has to go rescue the idiot. During the rescue he is injured & could have died & yet when he asks her what is going on she lies & says she doesn't know .REALLY! Etan was a good man. Darcy was childish. The best example of her childishness is her real reason for leaving him. The book overall was good. I just didn't like Darcy. The ending was ridiculous because Ethan basically took the blame for everything that went wrong with their marriage.









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Good story

While I loved the storyline I had a hard time with listening because the narrator would read straight through. I had to back up often because I realized that it was a different "scene " and was confused until I "rewound " back to catch where it changed. Only the chapters were easily distinguished.

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Great series but…

I have really been enjoying this bodyguard series, but as much as I looked forward to Ethan’s story I did not like Darcy’s character. As a heroine she was whiny and confusing. She often didn’t make any sense, plus she made the worse decisions. Not the best role model for the female population! Jay Wilsons “plowboy” story is next and was phenomenal so hang in there with this one, great narrator and overall good read just need to get past the heroine in this one.

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love it!

great narration, started with the wrong book in theseries.. It was a really good plot & storyline.
Narration was outstanding.

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Darcy is such a whiner and frankly silly! I struggled to get through this one. Other books were much better.

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My Thoughts

Loved It!!!
I'm so glad I stumbled across this series!
it's just wonderful!!
and I'm madly in love with the Garrett's especially Ethan right about now.
on to the next book in the series
Very excited 😊

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Great story, but I got lost so many times

This is the first review I’ve ever written because it bothered me that much. I’ve loved this series so far, but this book, or the delivery of it was terrible. So many times we were suddenly in a different character and there was absolutely no transition. It was so frustrating. Otherwise, this was still a good book.

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  • tonkapatrol
  • 10-28-22

too much sexual description

loved the story lines but too much sexual description for me ive enjoyed the series but because of so much sex spoilt it for me

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  • janet anderson
  • 05-23-22

Blood , thunder and sex

I had forgotten that ms Gerard always has a classic love story with perfect looking protagonists intertwined in exciting stories.
Bit too obvious for my taste and I don’t think I will read more of her work.