by Linda Howard

ISBN: 0-345-45343-3
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Lily Mansfield spent more than half of her life as a contract agent, an assassin, for the CIA. She is efficient, professional and unapologetic about what she does. A loner, she is isolated from her family and friends. She has few personal relationships except for the Joubrans: Averil, Tina, and little Zia. When a CIA informant has the family killed, Lily’s grief compels her to avenge their deaths. She intends to not only destroy the informant but his entire organization.

However, her actions put the Agency at risk of exposure, therefore, her superiors cannot allow her to continue operate unchecked. So, they send for an agent who will be able to handle the situation, and Lily, delicately.

CIA agent Lucas Swain is sent to track down Lily and neutralize the situation even if he has to kill her to do it. However, when Lucas meets Lily he recognizes the signs of trauma sustained in the field. It is right there in her extraordinary haunted eyes. Against his better judgement, Lucas gets caught up in Lily’s vendetta and soon becomes more focused on watching their backs, especially Lily’s, as the enemy closes in.

Linda Howard hits the mark with Kiss Me While I Sleep. Her characters are so dynamic they jump off the page at you. She has created a dazzling original heroine who will blow you away. Kiss me While I Sleep is intense, intriguing, and invigorating. It will get the blood pumping through your veins for many marvelous reasons. You really won’t want to put this book down so make sure you have a few hours to spare.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Cynthia.

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