by Jeanne Adams

June 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4201-0430-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

As Dark and Deadly opens Victoria Hagen is about to marry Todd Peterson. Todd is a very new winner of a huge multi-million dollar lottery, and backs out of the wedding just as the ceremony is to begin.

Fast Forward five years, and neither Todd nor Torie as she is known are married. While they might not be the best of friends, they have remained friendly, and do see each other socially on occasion. Todd, a philanthropist who travels widely, seems to have a string of bad luck when he returns to Philadelphia. Torie who has had a string of unfortunate relationships hasn’t had bad luck herself, but bad things do happen to the men she dates, and therefore she has decided to not date.

When Todd is murdered and his body is discovered at the church where he and Torie were to have been married she is the prime suspect. It doesn’t matter that at almost the same time that Todd’s body has been laid on the church altar Torie’s house has been firebombed…she still remains high on the lead investigator’s list of suspects.

Torie’s hero comes out of Todd’s need to protect her always, and in this vein he has asked his friend Paul Jameson to always look out for her, and to oversee his estate should something happen to him. Together Paul and Torie manage to stand up to the tough investigator, and as the danger escalates manage to convince him that Torie is not a criminal, but a victim as well.

I was engrossed in Dark and Deadly from the very beginning. I am not one who can usually figure out the villain in a mystery or romantic suspense, but this time I knew who the villain was. While there are not many twists or turns and the storyline is fairly direct I still wanted to continue reading and find out whether Paul and Torie would have a true happy ever after, and just how the villain was going to his due.

I enjoyed Dark and Deadly so much that while I was still reading I hit Amazon to see if Ms. Adams had other titles. When I discovered she did, I did a one click buy, and now have Dark and Dangerous waiting patiently on my Kindle.

Reviewed in October 2009 by Sandi.

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