by JoAnn Ross

March 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4165-0166-4
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Kate Delaney turned her back on her early sordid life with a grifter mother and ended up as a homicide detective in Chicago. Suddenly old family ties are tugged on when she receives a call from New Orleans that her estranged sister, Tara, is dead of an apparent suicide. Tara's most recent alias has been Desiree and she was part of a high class "escort" service that had definite criminal ties. Was Desiree a murder victim who knew too much and had to be silenced? Kate realizes she will not get answers from the seemingly corrupt and inept police officials, so she decides she needs to find some local professional help. Nick Broussard is a former Navy SEAL and police officer and knows New Orleans intimately. Kate is confident in Nick's professional abilities, but the testosterone that seems to ooze from his pores makes her more than a little nervous.

Nick Broussard is all alpha male and hero that will melt the heart of any romance reader. Kate is strong and smart, but the smoldering passion below the surface make her a captivating character. Secondary characters are woven seamlessly into the story and add extra depth. Background on voodoo was both edifying and entertaining for me as it became an integral part of the plot.

The sultry setting of New Orleans is mirrored in steamy love scenes. The author's love of the city is apparent and it becomes a palpable presence as the tale unfolds. There is a sadness about the devastation and corruption that has followed Hurricane Katrina, but there is still hope that "the Big Easy" will rise again.

I am ashamed to say this is my first book by this talented writer, but it sure won't be my last. I will be looking for titles in her back list and awaiting future endeavors.

Reviewed in May 2007 by Roberta.

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