by Michele Albert

September 2003
ISBN: 0-380-82056-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Off Limits is not one of Michele Albertís better stories. It offers enough entertainment for a lazy afternoon, but fails to satisfy the need for a tension filled romance with its too many detours into straight womenís fiction.

It's New Orleans and newcomer Emma Frey is trying to fit in. A former Hollywood cop and a witness in an internal investigation, Emma finds it hard to make friends. Unlikely help she gets from bad boy detective Bobby Halloran. Teamed up, they are to hunt down a witness in a crime series hitting town.

Outfitted with popular culture references in form of Taco Bells, Cowboy Bebop, Tim Burton and 70ís and 80ís style revivals Off Limits seems to have everything a reader could want in a roller-coaster ride of a romance novel. Itís set in New Orleans!

However, where other authors like Susan Anderson and Nancy Warren know how to show you a good time in New Orleans, Michele Albert fails to deliver.

Somehow as Off Limits progresses it feels less and less like a story about a developing romance and more about a burnt-out copís cry for help. Sure Emma and Bobbyís relationship does grow, but itís more the friendship and trust than the romance and lust that come through. Off Limits therefore feels like a romance author trying her hand at straight womenís fiction. Not what I expected when picking up the book, not something I was promised with the blurb.

So yes, Iím a little disappointed, as it is coming from an author I like. And it is a story built on a hero and heroine that could have set pages on fire. I liked them; I just didnít like their story.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Kris Alice.

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