Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Protection For Hire by Camy Tang

Book Description:  Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa's abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son. But there's a problem or two ... or three .... There's Elizabeth's abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There's Uncle Teruo, who doesn't understand why Tessa's new faith as a Christian prevents her from returning to the yakuza. And then there's Elizabeth's lawyer, Charles Britton, who Tessa doesn't know is the one who ensured that she did maximum time behind bars. Now Tessa and Charles must work together in order to protect their client, while new truths emerge and circumstances spiral to a deadly fever pitch. Factor in both Tessa's and Charles's families and you've got some wild dynamics---and an action-packed, romantic read as Tessa and Charles discover the reality of being made new in Christ.

My Review: Tessa is one strong and feisty lady.  She's also very loyal to her family and being such a loyal person placed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit.  Her uncle Teruo understands the sacrifice Tessa took for his son {I thought this was interesting parallel about Jesus, the sacrifice, as God's Son} but Uncle Teruo doesn't understand why Tessa won't come back into the "family" --- the Japanese mafia.  
Tessa is not the person she used to be...she turned her life over to Christ in prison and He means everything to her, even above family!
I truly love Tessa!  She sticks to her guns and even though her family doesn't understand her or her new found faith Tessa lives by the Book.
Then she meets Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is a classy, well to do lady but with a very abusive husband.  Elizabeth is living at Wings the home for abused women and their children when she meets Tessa and asks Tessa to be her body guard.  This is where the story really begins to fly off the page!  Tessa along with the very handsome and kind, Charles, are together trying to bring Elizabeth's husband to court for his very unsavory character and abusive ways.
This read is filled with fast action, faith {in ourselves through Christ and in others who are of like faith} and fantastic foods! 
Camy Tang does an excellent job of writing and describing family dynamics and the outcome of our words and deeds.
Camy Tang is a new favorite author of mine! And I look forward to her next novel in this series...don't miss this fantastic read! 
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*
Meet the Author:
I grew up in Wahiawa, Hawai'i, a small town right in the center of the island of O'ahu. My family is still there, but they love to fly up to California to visit on the way to Las Vegas.I majored in Psychology and took pre-med Biology and Chemistry classes at Stanford University. I decided not to go to Medical School (well, at least, I got an invitation to interview at a medical school, but I turned it down), and instead worked as a biologist researcher for nine years. I did compound development studies for a major pharmaceutical company and product development and method-of-action studies for a smaller biotech company.I've loved to write ever since Junior High, but I put it aside because I felt convicted that my motives were not pure--I was more interested in being a published author than in serving God and writing for His honor and glory. But in 2003 I felt God's calling to write again, and I've been loving every minute. I've learned so much about writing technique from books and articles on the web, and from the writers' websites and groups that I've joined. As of right now, I am active in American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW, formerly American Christian Romance Writers) and the Faith, Hope and Love chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America).My writing has been heavily influenced by my interests: reading and action/adventure movies and shows. I am addicted to the TV show "24," and will watch anything with Jet Li, Chow Yun-Fat and Jackie Chan.I also love Japanese anime--does anybody else besides me remember Star Blazers, Voltron, Robotech, and Bubblegum Crisis? I love the mangas Ranma 1/2 & InuYasha.  Visit Camy's page HERE!

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