Dr. Dave Saunders and "J" are from two very different worlds, but they both love fly fishing.
Dr. Dave Saunders is a New York psychologist. He has taken a week off, heading for a spot in the mountains that will become his hideaway from the annoyances in his life. There, he will pit himself against the mountain trout with a fly rod. Dave has been married and divorced. He's a very independent individual, content to spend most of his time alone and unattached. He is peace loving and non-violent.
Jennifer Blade, or "J" as she is nicknamed, is hard, tough, street savvy, trusts no one,is totally self reliant and will take no crap from anyone. Her dad had been a cop and he took a fatal shot while working on a drug bust. She was a child then, but her father's death has left a bitterness that set her course in life and she determined to even the score in the game that had taken her father. Revenge runs in her blood, driving her.
For the past two years she has worked inside a Columbian drug connection; cold, ruthless people who would kill for no reason,to whom loyalties mean nothing. Every day she has walked the tightrope, alone in the world with no net to protect her fall. Suddenly her gut feeling tells her something is wrong; that she has become expendable. She runs for her life, choosing to go to a place in the mountains, where she can indulge in fly fishing,and hide away from the sordidness of her life, from the infinite danger that she is in and make some decisions.
Intent on their love of fishing, J and Dave meet on the river. There is an attraction between them and in the end they share a magical day and an incredible sexual experience. They plan an intimate evening, but that is interrupted before it begins. J's past has caught up with her. There is violence and murder. Within less than 24 hours, Dave's life has turned upside down.
When Dave demands answers, J tells him she is a Federal Agent with Narcotics, working with the FBI.
From that point the story takes a wild and crazy ride, full of danger, shootouts, deception, crime and murder. Dave's incredible sense of trust and love for J has to be true love or stark denial. At various times throughout the whole story, I found myself wondering if she was truly a Federal Agent or a very clever con. That is not a criticism of the writing, instead a statement of the author's skill.
"Catch and Release," is filled with plot twists, wild action, danger, suspense and romance. Never a dull moment.
There were some formatting issues. The varied font changes caught my attention the most. Basically, I always read for the enjoyment of the story, so I looked past the other things. I enjoyed the story line of "Catch and Release." I recommend it as a great read.
Disclosure: This review was part of the WoMen's Lit Cafe Review program. I received the e-book free as part of the process, and I do not know the author personally.