by Fern Michaels

August 2004
ISBN: 0-7434-7744-8
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It has been eight years since Quinn Star had left her dream of becoming a secret service agent behind; at the same time that she gave up on her romance with fellow agent Ezra Lapufsky – also known as Puff for obvious reasons. Most days she convinces herself she has no regrets. After all she has her Aunt Birdie who raised her when her parents took off for parts unknown and whom she barely knows; a great house in Georgetown, a great job teaching law and running her own law office and she even has a new man, Alex in her life and bed.

No regrets that is until she starts to get the feeling she is being followed and then Puff shows up on her doorstep with an offer he doesn’t think she’ll be able to resist. The First Lady of the United States, Lettie Jay wants Quinn to serve as one of two women agents who will be her personal escorts. This isn’t exactly the job that Quinn had in mind all those years ago as what she really wanted to do was be secret service to the president himself however after much persuading she takes the job and moves into the grand house on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Quinn may have taken on more than she can handle as she tries to determine if the First Lady is crazy or whether the man who says he is the president really is? Fern Michaels will take you on a strange look at the White House as nothing is what it seems and Quinn may be putting her own life in jeopardy as she searches to find out the truth and her heart on the line as Puff brings up memories of a love that she thought was gone forever.

I’ve been a long time fan of Mrs. Michael’s books, which always tend to make it on the keeper shelf for me however I found myself a bit disappointed with this new novel. Maybe it is my own disinterest in Washington politics and all that surrounds it but I find that I much prefer to be taken into the deeply southern stories with an occasional ghost or two that Fern Michaels does so well. I’ll personally be hoping that her next book is a bit more of what she’s known for and a lot less of what THE REAL DEAL has to offer.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Shelby.

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