by Marliss Melton

August 2007
ISBN: 978-0446618342
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

When Navy SEAL Joe Montgomery returns home after a disastrous mission he is physically hurt, but even worse is suffering from a devastating amount of guilt. He second guesses every decision he made which ultimately ended with the death of his entire team, and finds fault with no one but himself.

Penny Price has kept an eye on her next door neighbor’s home while he’d been deployed and is concerned when he returns home injured. While she has had many a fantasy starring her sexy neighbor, she knows playboy bachelor Joe doesn’t even know she exists. That doesn’t stop her from helping him out and eventually she becomes the one person he can talk to.

When Joe learns Penny and her sister Ophelia (Lia) start receiving phone calls from the man they believe killed their father, he starts paying closer attention. He even begins to feel some sort of affection for Penny, though he has no intention of becoming emotionally involved. Penny goes into their relationship with her eyes open, and her heart protected. She just hopes they don’t lose the friendship they’d recently developed when he no longer wants her in his bed.

Lia is having her own man troubles after rear ending a young Navy SEAL named Vinny DeInnocentis with her car. He wants a dinner date as payment, but she has no intention of getting involved with a younger man. After being abandoned by mother, and then her father’s murder, Lia doesn’t want to ever risk her heart again. And she certainly has no desire to date a younger man. Vinnie may be young in years, but he’s a hard worker and determined to get what he wants out of life. But he’s not going to push Lia into something she’s not ready for.

While this book is part of a series and previous characters make appearances, Next to die does a good job of standing on its own. However I would highly recommending reading the entire series as each and every book is a treat not to be missed.

Reviewed in July 2007 by Jackie.

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