by Suzanne Brockmann

August 2007
ISBN: 978-0-345-48016-3
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Cop turned P.I. Ric Alvarado (whom we met previously in Gone Too Far) has hired his best friend’s sister to work in his office. He wants her to stay in the office, but Annie Dugan wants to work a case. He finally relents and allows her to help him locate a missing woman. What should have been a quick and safe case ends up throwing them into a very dangerous scene which ultimately brings them to the attention of local crime lord Gordon Burns.

Jules Cassidy finds himself put in charge of a case in which an undercover agent has gone missing. While Jules didn’t assign her the case, he still feels responsible since she transferred to the Florida bureau because she so hated working with a gay agent. When the feds learn Ric and Annie had been to the Burns compound, they immediately make contact.

Things get even more complicated when Jules realizes Robin Chadwick is in town promoting his latest movie. Jules met Robin a few years earlier when he’d been playing the role of a gay WWII hero. The two have a strong attraction to each other, but Jules has several reasons for not wanting to get involved.

Soon Jules, Ric, Annie and Robin all find themselves working together to help find the missing agent and to stop a known terrorist from entering the country. Ric doesn’t want Annie anywhere near the action and she’s determined to prove she’s capable of taking care of herself.

Just like the previous books in this series, Force of Nature has more than one storyline working at the same time. Unlike the other books, both of these stories are happening in the same place and time. Some previous characters make appearances over the course of the story, and some new characters are introduced. And for those fans of Jules – you are going to love how prominent a role he plays in this book.

Reviewed in July 2007 by Jackie.

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