The man that Rainie Hall married seemed to be perfect and when she said "Till death do us part", she never knew that it might be death at his hands. Rainie Hall has lied about her name, faked her death and pretended not to know that her husband, Peter Danning was planning to kill her. That is all before the cruise ship even docks. With the help of her friends, the right makeup, clothing and knowledge about where the cameras are, she saves her own life.
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She even has fake ID's for her new life and is thrilled when she gets a job working in the office at a ranch. With limited funds, she sets up an inexpensive apartment and changes her appearance as much as she can. She dares to apply for a good job, even though she knows it might be dangerous.
However, her fake ID and fake name make it difficult to prove her actual education. When her new boss, Parker Harrigan, checks her references, she is sure she will wind up working a menial job soon. Fortunately, he quickly realizes that something more is going on and understands she is qualified for the job. She is still looking over her shoulder at every turn, while her new boss introduces her to his family and install bars on her windows.
He coaxes her out of her shell and teaches her to take care of herself. He realizes that she is still married and is startled to find out that she is not only running, but running from a wealthy and powerful man. He wants to marry her and obviously cannot do so. Ever the responsible person, he consults his father and brother for advice. He ultimately arranges security for her between himself and his siblings and tries to make sure is never alone and vulnerable.
The private investigator her husband hired locates her and her husband stalks her for several days before making his presence known. He simultaneously disabled the vehicle of the person who was keeping her safe. He kidnaps her, drugs her and attempts to make it look as if she committed suicide on Halloween. Thanks to a few well-placed comments during a forced phone call with Parker, he realizes that something is wrong and arrives at her home just in time.
In addition, Rainie uses the self-defense she recently learned and almost kills Peter. She survives, but is very ill from the drugs and alcohol that were forced on her. His many crimes, including domestic violence and murder in previous marriages is discovered and it is obvious that he will be spending the rest of his life in prison. Parker and Rainie are then free to marry and do so, in front of all their loved ones.
Best part of story, including ending:
Although I liked this book, I feel as if Rainie's story was almost identical to every other book about a woman fleeing domestic violence. I just wish that she stood out more and after she walked off the cruise ship, it took many chapters until I saw an unexpected plotline.
Best scene in story:
The wife of one of Parker's sister is a psychic and as soon as she shakes Rainie's hand for the first time, she sees her history. It was a nice, unexpected addition to a book that otherwise had nothing mystical or supernatural.
Opinion about the main character:
I think that Rainie made some really stupid choices for someone who is desperate to escape from domestic violence. I just found it odd that someone who is so terrified of being found and yet was willing to risk being found out because of her employment in her own profession.