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    Gayle Wilson(Author)

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MEN of mystery

Three men with secret identities and hidden agendas—sworn to protect and tamed by love.

Husband, Lover—Stranger

Secret Agent Jordan Cross had a new chance, and a new face. But if he no longer recognized the man in the mirror, some relentless enemies—and one small family—did.

Three years ago, Kathleen Sorrel's husband vanished, leaving her and their two babies on the run, with danger dogging their every step.

Now the man she'd married was back—or was he? His eyes promised the love and protection he had once denied her. Her heart asked the most urgent of questions—was she a fool to believe her husband? Or a fool to believe this was her husband?

MEN of mystery

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Gayle Wilson(Author)
  • Harlequin; First Edition edition (April 1, 1999)
  • English
  • 4
  • Romance

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  • By A customer on May 2, 1999

    Gayle Wilson delivers another winner with "The Stranger She Knew," the second book of her "Men of Mystery" miniseries. I'll skip the summary, since Ms. Wilson's already provided one, and get straight to the accolades. Quite simply, I loved it. Some might like book one, "The Bride's Protector," more because of the larger-than-life plot and the prominence of espionage in the story. "The Stranger She Knew" (GREAT title!) may be a smaller story with a tighter focus, but the characters are so much more identifiable, their situation so compelling, that I couldn't stop reading for a moment.In Jordan and Kathleen, Gayle has created two wonderful characters, especially Kathleen. More than once, she is put in a situation where, in a lesser novel, she would make a stupid choice in order to keep the book going. Wilson respects her--and our--intelligence and keeps her in character. Even more extraordinary are the depictions of Kathleen's children, Meg and Jamie, who have to be two of the most well-drawn child characters I've ever seen. Frankly, they seem more real than most adult characters in other writers' works. And although "The Stranger She Knew" may not be as tightly plotted as "The Bride's Protector," it easily makes up for it in emotional content. It touches on every feeling on the range of human emotion--passion, laughter, suspense, romance. I know that "I laughed, I cried" is a huge cliché, but I really did. From Jordan, this former CIA agent, trying to serve dinner to two kids, to the suspenseful climax at the end, every moment was a joy.But much more than just a romance or a suspense tale, it's the story of how a family is forged out of extraordinary circumstances. Surprisingly enough, that was the part that I liked the most, which made the way Ms. Wilson chose to end the book (not counting the epilogue) so gratifying. About the only complaint I could make is about that ridiculously short skirt Kathleen's wearing on the front cover (Is that the wardrobe of a single mother on the run???), but that has nothing to do with Ms. Wilson, who's delivered a stunning work. I know I've gone on too long, and it probably sounds like she's paid me to write this (I promise it's not true. To be honest, Wilson is actually a hit-and-miss author with me.) Last month, I called "The Bride's Protector" the best Intrigue of 1999. "The Stranger She Knew" easily takes that title. I, for one, can't wait to see what she has in store next month with book three, "Her Baby, His Secret."

  • By A customer on December 29, 1999

    Aside from that, it was a rip-roaring read. I literally could not put it down - I was reading while I got dressed in the morning.My problems with this book were that it took so very long to get started, in fact I was 100pp in before I felt the hero and heroine made any real connection. (It was at least 45 pages before they even met) Once they did though, things didn't slow down until I turned the last page.Ms. Wilson created very real characters in the midst of out-of-this-world drama. She got into the head of a single mother with all of her contradictions and worries admirably. The kids were great (and I don't even really like kids in romances). Our hero was wonderful in how he related to women.I just wish the book hadn't taken so long to get into the meat of the story.

  • By A customer on May 10, 1999

    And The Stranger She Knew was no exception! A poignant story of betrayal and love. Kathleen has been on the run for a long time, but she learns to trust again, learns to stop running and believe in the feelings that this mysterious man provokes. The only problem with the story is that it ended and I have to wait another month for its sequel!

  • By wanda on September 21, 2012

    Jordon Cross worked for Griff Cabot's internal security team until it was dismantled...Jordon ended up with a different face and different enemies because his face resembled Kathleen's long gone husband (who by the way took 16 million dollars with him). Jordon goes to see Kathleen and the mob follows him..Jordon ends up protecting Kathleen and her two great kids besideseventually ...well you can take it from there.I love this book...read it at least 6 times. It brings HOME to this crazy world we live in! I Own the book and it is on my KINDLE!! Isn't Kindle great?? I can carry all 200 of my books as one book!!!! I recently dumped three hundred books at the thrift store and am slowly getting my favorites back. This time on my Kindle of course!

  • By M. Hartmann on December 28, 2005

    CHARACTERS! WHAT GOOD IS A REVIEW WITHOUT LISTING CHARACTERS.[For those of us who like to follow trilogies or families.]Jordan Cross - friend and brother at arms of Griff Cabot and Lucas "Hawk" Hawkins, all ex-CIA agents.Jake Holt - computer geek and gatherer of information.[Further names mentioned: Grey Sellers, members of the External Security Team.]Was Jordan Cross given the face of another man?Rob Sorrel - husband that disappeared with 16 million from the Mafia.Kathleen Sorrel - who has been on the run for three years to protect her children.Meg Sorrel - wonderful little 5 year old who remembered her father and was afraid of the men following them.Jamie Sorrel - as a 2 year old never knew his father but he unquestionly adored the hard CIA operative.Suddenly it becomes questionable about who you can trust - Jordan, "Robert Sanders" proved he could snipe as good as "Hawk" when it became necessary.Who has the codes to Griff's house security system?How do these "men" find Kathleen and her children?How could Jordan convince Kathleen he was really one of the "good guys"?Jordan was good at solving puzzles - now where was the 16 million hidden? Where was Rob, the missing husband?It appears that this is a more elaborate plan than one first suspects - a mystery within the mysteries. What a Trilogy!HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - 5 ++ STARS - DEFINITELY A KEEPER TRILOGY!

  • By Cheryl St.John on May 27, 1999

    Gayle Wilson comes across with another great read! The characters come to life through their emotions and the believable threat to their safety. The author did a wonderful job of making Kathleen's children adorable and loveable without letting them steal the story. The romance sizzles, and the hero is to die for! I can't wait for book #3.


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