Protecting their Baby
by Sheri Whitefeather
(SRS #1590, $4.99, PG) ISBN# 0-37327660-8
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This novel joins Sherri Whitefeathers’s Warrior Society series. The society was formed of mixed race Native American men who are forced to protect their own. Rex Sixkiller is a member as well as being a licensed private investigator who works in the Los Angeles area.

Lisa Gordon is a dance studio owner and instructor who met Rex the night of her 30th birthday, which she and her female friends celebrated in a bar. When they met, Lisa danced, flirted and decided to do something wild and uncharacteristic. So the one night stand went awry and six weeks later she is in Rex’s office telling him she is pregnant. She is not asking for anything and offers to have DNA testing later to prove paternity. Lisa is there merely because she was adopted as an infant and does not want to deprive either child or father of a possible relationship.

Rex predictably is still single because he is the child of volatile parents who spoiled him for the institution of marriage. At first hearing, he intends to be an unwed father and escorts Lisa to her car. When they arrive at her vintage model, they find a mixed race doll in the front seat with broken limbs and a knife in the heart. This message is hard to miss, and Rex believes that Lisa or their child is in danger because of him.

The police respond and go through the motions of taking the doll looking for fingerprints or other evidence. Rex knows this will be a futile effort and involves himself in finding the culprit. His choice for Lisa is only where they will live until she is safe…his house or hers. They settle on hers.

Rex compiles a list of everyone Lisa has told about their child and starts his investigation. Meanwhile another incident occurs at his house and he realizes the fury and rage is escalating.

Protecting their Baby is almost totally free of conflict, both inner and outer. Lisa begins falling in love with Rex but knows it is pointless so there is mere acceptance of the fact, not an angst ridden experience. Rex is coming to care for her, but does not recognize the emotion. He did not like his childhood but was not obviously damaged by it, so his inner conflicts are almost nonexistent.

Lisa had an ideal childhood and, although wonders why she was placed for adoption, she does not agonize over it. There are pockets of Cherokee culture insinuated into the plot which are enjoyable, otherwise the story drifts to its conclusion with the wrongdoers appearing at the end; the novel climaxes in a very few pages.

Lisa, Rex and her family and friends are likeable characters although not greatly developed. The dialog is typical, and the locale leaves no real feeling of being in Los Angeles. In most all respects this is a gentle story with a predictable love story and a predicable ending.

--Thea Davis


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