I was completely engaged in the story, literally by the end of the first chapter – a dramatic opening which introduces us to the two main characters of Hostage Negotiator Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara and Bar owner Duncan Swift. I loved them both right away; Phoebe is a strong and confident woman but carries a lot of weight on her shoulders and Duncan is a sweetheart but strong, and not without scars of his own. Their interactions were both funny and poignant, each bringing something to each other that was lacking and the dance around their feelings was really well timed. In some books it can feel as if characters fight against feelings just for the sake of it or give in too easily just to spice the story up. Not so in High Noon, it felt right on the money.
There are also several great characters that are amongst the family and friends of both characters and they added a greater depth and emotion to the book. I cared about what happened to them just as much as Phoebe and Duncan, even though they might not have been in the spotlight as much. I can only credit that to great writing.
The plot started quite sweet as they get to know each other with just odd things happening that you aren’t quite sure if they mean anything sinister or not. The tension soon ramps up and probably for the second half of the book I was on the edge of my seat. A couple of things that happened had me shouting in shock, much to the amusement of my husband But oh my, they were shocking but also so well written it was completely believable. The story unfolded at a pace that just kept me glued to the pages and a couple of times it got so tense I wanted to skip ahead just to check, but I’m glad I stopped myself as it would have spoiled things.
This may be the first Romantic Suspense book by Nora Roberts I have read but it will certainly not be the last (I’m about to hunt through the mountain to find another!).
It was an amazing read with a gripping plot, wonderful characters and I can’t recommend it highly enough!