The things we do for love!
Jazmin Mahoney is happily married to the love of her life, the brawny, handsome Ethan Mahoney--bodyguard to the US Secretary of State. But Jazmin has led a previous life which she left behind long ago in the jungles of Colombia. When vengeful Colombian drug lord Raoul Acosta kidnaps Ethan, Jazmin's past and present lives collide head-on in the most frightening way possible.
This book has a lot of thought put into it. The author is known for creating intricate, suspenseful plots that place her characters under extreme duress and serve to show what they are really made of, and this story is no exception. A cop by profession, Jazmin (Isabel) keeps her cool and ultimately masterminds an escape plan while enduring cruel emotional torture at the hands of their captor.
Enduring far worse treatment is her husband Ethan, who I think represents a much more interesting character, despite his role as backdrop to Jazmin's performance. I found Acosta's tactics to dehumanize Ethan both gruesome and fascinating, which left me wanting to know more about Ethan, his background, his thought processes and what circumstances made him who he is.
Full of action, drama and several (possibly a few too many) colorful characters, For the Love of Jazmin is an intelligent read which chooses to explore the love story between Ethan and Jazmin in a deeper and more profound way than an overtly sexual one. None of the characters are 'cardboard'. Author Ann Raina takes the time to paint even the minor players with personality, purpose, and human flaws which define their role in the storyline.
A little distracting was the impression I received of the work having been translated to English from another language. Some of the sentences and word choices seemed a little "off". While these made me stop and re-read certain passages, it fortunately did not get in the way of understanding the action going on.
Aside from that, readers who enjoy romantic suspense with a bit of Scarface-style action thrown in will find this story up-to-speed!