by Carla Cassidy

July 2004
ISBN: 0-451-41143-9
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Mass Market Paperback

Promise Him Anything is a romantic suspense which never hides the identity of the villain. That said, I also need to tell you that it is a fast, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat read.

Juliette Monroe has lived the life a woman should never have to live. During the course of her marriage to David Blankenship he slowly gained control over every aspect of her life. She suffered through because, as many abused women do, she didn’t think she deserved a better life. It wasn’t until the birth of her son, Billy, that she began to realize the true terror of her life. It was from concern for Billy’s safety that she finally managed to flee from David, and begin a life on the run.

Juliette and Billy are using their true names, because it does make finding a job and a place to live easier. It also makes it easier for David to track them. They are living a peaceful live in Riverton when David manages to find them for what will hopefully be the last time.

He takes the day care which Billy attends hostage. In an effort to end the stand-off, hostage negotiator Nick Corelli is called in. Nick is excellent at his job, and only once before has he let his personal emotions suck him in. However there is something about Juliette and Billy that again draw him in on a personal level.

Against her better judgment, Juliette does allow Nick to help when he offers. The remainder of the story is a fast paced game of cat and mouse as David tries to find them, and they try to outwit David. Even amid the danger love is simmering. Is it true love or is it just a side effect of the adrenaline?

Ms. Cassidy also included Nick’s brother, Tony and an old love of Tony’s as secondary characters. Tony, and his one time love Diane have their own issues keeping them apart. Ms. Cassidy allowed their story to be told and resolved without distracting from the main attraction of Juliette and Nick and their struggle to outwit David.

I believe Promise Him Anything to be Ms. Cassidy’s first attempt at romantic suspense. I can only say Bravo, and Well Done! I look forward to more from this new voice in the romantic suspense genre.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Sandi.

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