by Emma Bruce

September 2004
ISBN: 1-59578-050-5
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When Maureen Beckett’s daughter Kassidy discovers a dead body on the set of the soap she works on, it puts her young life in danger. Maureen is certain that her daughter doesn’t know anything more than what she is telling the police. She gives detective Jace Brooks a piece of her mind when he continues to pressure the scared seven year old.

Most days Jace would be nothing but irritated with a woman like Maureen but for some reason this woman gets under his skin in more ways than one. He keeps reminding himself that this woman and her daughter are part of a murder investigation – nothing more. Jace makes sure that there is sufficient security to keep the two safe and then sets out to find the murderer.

However as the days go by, more people involved show up dead and Jace realizes that Kassidy could be the next one on the list. He realizes he needs to be the one to move into a safe house with the two until the killer is found. At this point in the story things heat up quickly and Jace ends up experiencing some of the best sex of his life. Why can’t he remember that Maureen is so not his type?

Emma Bruce threw together a very suspenseful story in a very short period of time and I found myself totally engrossed in who the killer was. However, I found that the relationship that developed between Jace and Maureen was way too rushed and this tended to turn me away from the story just a bit. My recommendation would be that in future books, she might want to make the stories longer and allow the romance to develop at a bit of a slower place.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Shelby.

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