by Janelle Taylor

December 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7504-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

When I started Donít Go Home by Janelle Taylor, I wasnít sure what to expect. I had never read Ms. Taylor. What I got was a page-turning book that was a great escape from my life just when I was in desperate need of one.

Mia Anderson is recently divorced, and at a turning point in her life. During her marriage she tried to change herself into someone she wasnít to please her husband. Now with the dissolution of her marriage sheís looking forward to finding her true self again. A desperate call from her identical twin sister finds Mia having to put her wishes on a back burner.

Matthew Gray is grieving the murder of his brother. He is also totally turned off of the idea of a committed relationship. As a child, his father cheated on his mother causing her to finally have a breakdown. As an adult, he thought he was in love only to find the woman of his dreams was using him for his business acumen. The final blow to his ability to commit was that his late brother cheated on his wife. He thought he was predisposed to being unable to be faithful.

Mia and Matthew find themselves thrown together when Matthew mistakes Mia for her sister. As they talk they find they both want basically the same thing - to find Mia's missing sister and solve Robert Grayís murder. They find themselves having to make untold compromises, and to fight an attraction to each other.

Ms. Taylor has done a great job of keeping the suspense in the forefront of Donít Go Home. The romance plays a secondary role, but the chemistry between the characters is quite believable. As I said at the beginning of this review Donít Go Home is a page-turning book. Many of the romantic suspense books Iíve read make me think I wouldnít want to be reading in the dark when Iím home alone. I didnít feel that sort of chill, but I was totally in Matthew and Miaís corner, and wanted them to find the resolution that would make them both happy.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Sandi.

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