I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm a sucker for schmaltz, but darn it, what's wrong with a good, emotional love story? Another of Tedbiker's "Serendipity" stories, this one adds an element of drama and suspense to his usual theme of rescue and recovery.
A victim of her own issues of self-esteem, Pippa asks Daddy for a sailing cruise for her 17th birthday. Naturally, she's taken for a ride (an unexpectedly dramatic one)aboard Serendipity in the capable hands of a familiar cast of characters.
Pippa is not a victim of abuse but of her own feelings of inadequacy. Just as she's finding herself, a victim of a sex-trafficking ring drops in on her and the crew of Serendipity, and the chase is on.
Rather than risking any spoilers, I'll just say that this is the first time I've read one of Tedbiker's stories from cover to cover in one day. Granted, it is not as long as some of his other Serendipity tales, it is 49,000+ words, a respectable length. If there is a fault it is that it could have ended with the resolution of the dramatic chase, instead of going on to wrap up the predictable romantic relationships.But it is nice to know they all live happily ever after.
Technical quality is, as usual for Tedbiker, excellent. There are good sex scenes, and the violence, unusual for a Serendipity story, is brief and discreetly handled. Don't be put off by the occasional phonetic Russian. It can be skipped over, but based on my own rusty Russian (5 years in high school and college and I was never fluent), it works.