Desperate Measures
By Sandra Orchard
Published by Revell
ISBN# 978-0800722241
368 Pages

Back Cover: Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

REVIEW: This is the third and final installment in the Port Aster series. It’s the first novel I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last. The author did a good job catching me up on events that happened in books one and two; it flowed seamlessly and didn't bog me down.. This series finds Kate Adams; scientist/plant expert and policeman Tom Parker's, lives intersecting again. It's because of a theft and an ongoing mystery they both want to solve. I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to Kate Adams. I enjoyed her and all she knew about plants. It was fascinating to have that be an interracial part of the story line.

Kate ponders as, “She emerged from the bushes, her pulse escalating. She could just imagine what Julie would say of her pulse reasoning. “Too stupid to live”. How many times had her best friend compared her to a horror – flick chick who treks to the basement to investigate an eerie noise instead of racing out of the house and calling the police?” It seems that Kate is a magnet for trouble.

This is a nail biting suspenseful tale with a fresh and unique twist. I also liked the tension between Kate Adams and Tom Parker. She’s trying to hide things from him and he doesn’t want to tell her too much because he doesn’t want to freak her out. They don’t want to give into the fact that they are attracted to each other too! All makes for a fun read.  

Here’s a peek at their interaction. Tom says to Kate. “No problem. I can give you a lift to the hospital.”

“Uh…” If her insides were already doing gymnastics over keeping secrets when he was being so nice, they’d be nothing but knots after a twenty-minute car – ride together. She’d probably end up confessing to digging up the plants and everything. And he’d take them away, just like he did her dad, and she’d never figure out what was so special about them and gain enough leverage to get him back.”

Tom glanced at her face. “Hey, it’s not like you pushed her. It’s not your fault.”

Softening at the caring tone, she tried to relax, expect one look at his deep blue eyes and her anxiety only morphed into guild over how nice he was being. Of course it was her fault. She was harboring a fugitive plant in her basement.”

These two cracked me up. I appreciated this author humor naturally woven into the heart pounding suspense. The author pulls out all the stops near the end as things become crazy. The bad guys near the end reminded me of a 007 movie with its complex plot, sub-plots and how the reader starts to suspect everyone is out to get Tom and Kate! Where are the good guys?

I highly recommended this as a fun read and one that would be great for a book club pick. There is so much to talk about. It would make a great movie too. Just saying it’s a keeper!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complementary copy of this book from the Publisher I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Nora St Laurent
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