Moving Target by Rosalie Stanton
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
An innocent woman. An assassin with a conscience. A deadly attraction.
Although Anna Winter doesn’t fit the profile, Nathanial ‘Wolf' Thornton can’t be sure she isn’t the woman he’s supposed to assassinate without getting a closer look.
Once he discovers his cover’s been blown, his options are limited: walk away or watch an innocent woman suffer the consequences.
A slave to his conscience, Wolf decides to take Anna along for the ride of her life…all the while battling his desire for her.
He’s supposed to kill her. Now, he’s found her and she’s no longer hiding.
What’s a girl to do when she’s a Moving Target.
This book piqued my interest because I love a good action story. Hitmen, suspects, women in distress; I eat that stuff up. Moving Target has plenty of action and suspense. From page one, the tension never lifts. The characters are interesting and the plot complex.
Nathan “Wolf” Thornton has been hired to eliminate Anna Winters. He’s strong in his convictions to do as he’s told, but he’s not all he seems. I liked his complexity and the way he grew and changed through the story. He’s got ghosts in his past that have changed his ways of seeing the world. When the story started, I wasn’t sure I cared for his character in that he came across as a horny guy, but he was more than the façade. I liked the less angry, yet very deadly version of Nate much better.
Anna, on the other hand, confused me at times. She’s running because she heard something very bad for her health. I liked her sense of self preservation. But she came across as a bit... weak in spots — she’s not experienced in love and love-making, but with him it’s perfect. She’s very much attracted to Nate, but his job makes it hard to love him. I liked the conundrum she’s stuck with.
The one thing that was a bit of a stumbling block was the constant point of view switch. I liked that I saw into both Nate and Anna’s heads but I almost wanted to stay with one or the other a bit longer. Still, it wasn’t enough to really derail the story.
If you want a book that’s packed with action and heart, then you need to read Moving Target. I give it 3 cherries.