by Joanne Rock

February 2005
ISBN: 0-373-79175-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #171
Mass Market Paperback

Society’s darling, Tempest Boucher, has a quiet weekend planned. Hidden away at the small apartment where she pursues her passion for sculpture, Tempest plans to shake off the stress of running the family business, and enjoy the peace. No one knows where she is. No one can reach her; she is blissfully alone, except for her dog, Eloise.

Returning to the apartment from a walk, Tempest discovers that her hideaway has been ransacked. Her finished pieces lay in shards on the floor, shattering her plans for a gallery showing. Her private space violated, Tempest barely holds on to her composure as she calls the police.

Detective Wes Shaw responds to the call, even though he is not on the burglary team. He is after a murderer, and thinks that Boucher Industries is fronting some illegal activity. He is surprised to discover that the heiress is not acting like a heiress at all. Her apartment is definitely on the wrong side of town, and there are remnants of erotic statues all over the floor. What is really going on?

The action heats up as Wes and Tempest work together on the case. The sheets also heat up as they take their mutual attraction to the next level. Wes has a murder to solve and Tempest is wrapped up in finding a new CEO for Boucher Industries so that she can devote her time to her art. Their time is packed with commitments, and the future is uncertain. Why would Tempest be interested in an average-Joe detective when she could have her pick from the A-List? Why would Wes want to deal with all of the hassles that come with dating a public figure?

Joanne Rock’s Silk Confessions has two strong main characters, and a plot that changes direction several times before the finish. It is fast-paced and intriguing. I am looking forward to the follow-up story of Wes’ partner, Vanessa Torres.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Paula.

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