by Jayne Ann Krentz

January 2003
ISBN: 0-399-14938-4
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Zoe Luce is an interior designer with a secret. With several secrets, actually, none of which she wants to reveal to the world. But when a set of coincidences results in her hiring a private detective, she suddenly realizes that he is going to have to know some of the mysteries that lie in her past.

For his part, Ethan Truax would much rather lie in her present. In her bed, to be precise. Yes, itís romance as only Jayne Ann Krentz can do it, two attractive people from very different backgrounds finding passion with each other in the midst of an adventure which ranges from the frightening to the deadly.

There are no surprises in this book, even if you didnít know who wrote it, the Krentz style is firmly in place and the author makes herself known with her flawed heroes and her courageous heroines. Both Ethan and Zoe fall into the above categories, and no matter how many of these Ms. Krentz produces, the formula never becomes stale or predictable. We still eagerly turn the pages to find out how the mystery will be resolved, and even more eagerly to find out how the romance will be resolved. Fortunately, this story also includes a great deal of delightful dialogue between hero and heroine Ė almost snappy in its good natured humor.

Itís a great read for any romance fan; for Krentz fans itís a must. And yes, I bought it in hardcover, and wasnít disappointed. Although, in all fairness, if you have other books on your To Be Read pile, you could probably finish them first and wait for this one to be released in paperback.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Celia.

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