The long-anticipated Lori Foster book, Jamie, has finally arrived! Once again, Foster takes her readers back to the town of Visitation, North Carolina, for romance and adventure. With many characters of her earlier “Visitation” books playing a supporting role, this book lives up to expectations.
Jamie Creed has lived alone for almost a decade, high up on a mountain outside of Visitation. He tries to keep to himself and avoid any interaction with the townspeople, but in spite of his best efforts, he’s been drawn into their problems and their lives. His hermit-like existence is disturbed only when he knows they are in trouble. Then he climbs down from his secluded home long enough to help his friends before disappearing once again.
With his long hair, beard and dark, penetrating eyes, Jamie looks the part of a hermit. Mysterious in nature, he has been the source of endless speculation of the people of Visitation. Jamie is very different. Gifted with telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition, he spent many years at the Farmington Research Institute being studied and tested. Ten years ago, he escaped from their clutches and has been hiding ever since. His talents make it hard for him to be around others. People and events are as clear to him as an open book, except when his own emotions are involved. Also, his years at the institute, and the betrayal by the people there, have left him with emotional scars, unwilling to allow anyone to get close to him.
All of that changes one stormy day when he senses an unknown woman climbing up the mountain looking for him. She is injured while trying to reach him, and he is forced to take her back to his home. He is attracted to her but very suspicious at the same time. She immediately knows who he is even though he has no idea who she is. How did she find him? How does she know him? What does she want? All these questions are swirling around in his mind. Usually, getting answers is no problem for Jamie, but somehow this woman can block her thoughts from him. That makes him even more guarded and determined to get her off his mountain and far away from him.
Faith Owen is a desperate woman. Her quiet demeanor and plain face hide a relentless determination and a backbone of steel. Collapsing on her way up the mountainside is definitely not in her plans. She is physically and emotionally spent, but nothing will stop her from getting close to Jamie. Having worked at the institute where Jamie spent so many years, she is well aware of what was done to him there. She knows she has her work cut out for her to get him to trust her. But she has no choice. Faith has a young daughter, Cory, who is just as unique and special as Jamie. It is Cory who told her where to find Jamie and sent her to him.
Jamie struggles with his own uncertainties and emotions while trying to deal with the effects that Faith has on him. Celibate for years, he is suddenly very much aware of Faith as a woman. She is rather plain-looking, clumsy, chatty, and finishes his sentences, but he wants her with a desperation unlike anything he’s ever felt before in his life. But he doesn’t trust her.
Faith is struggling with her own wild emotions. She’s afraid if Jamie knows the whole truth, he won’t help her. So she tells him as much as she can and blocks what she doesn’t want him to know. The sexual attraction between them makes the tension between them even worse and threatens her barriers. There is a danger swirling around both Jamie and Cory, but Faith will do whatever it takes to protect them both. However, Jamie is not without friends of his own and they vow to protect him, in spite of himself.
Lori Foster novels are always filled with sexy alpha males and strong, independent females, and Jamie is certainly no exception. Both Jamie and Faith have barriers that need to be lowered if they are to have a chance at defeating the menace around them and have a relationship. Filled with emotion, this book runs the gamut from downright sensual to amazingly poignant, with humor and wit thrown in for good measure. The secondary characters add to the depth of the story and Foster ties up a secondary romance that’s been a thread throughout the other “Visitation” books.