by Rachel Butler

April 2005
ISBN: 0-440-24120-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Dell Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

Selena McCaffrey lives a quiet life in a coastal Florida town, where she spends her time painting and running her art gallery. She also spends a lot of time working out and training, determined never to be weak or a victim again. But when she receives a phone call, she packs up and heads for Tulsa, where she has an assignment - she is being sent there to kill a man.

Detective Tony Ceola is working a series of homicides against drug dealers. The general consensus is that its the work of a vigilante, and more power to them. But Tony isnt so sure, and is thinking that maybe there is a major player out there who is just taking out the competition. Tony is surprised and pleased to find Selena living next door to him, and the attraction is mutual. As Selena spends more time with the detective, and gets to know him, she finds her assignment that much more difficult to carry out.

Fourteen years ago, at the age of fourteen, Selena was forced to earn her keep by stealing from the tourists. One night she picked the wrong man and, if not for the intervention of William, would have been raped and possibly killed. William took her away from that life and gave her an education. While not exactly paternal, he was a father figure and she felt she owed him for saving her life. That and the fact hes blackmailing her are the only reasons shes even there, but its a mistake for William to under estimate this dangerous woman. He wants the detective eliminated before he digs too deeply and figures out the identity of the killer.

A touch of romance is added to this suspenseful story and the ending may surprise you. Selena is a deep character whom at times you find hard to sympathize with, but once her past is revealed you begin to understand her. Thankfully this is the first in a new series, and I very much look forward to the next installment Deep Cover - which is due to be released in July. Rachel Butler did an incredible job with her debut book action, suspense, romance, and intriguing characters!

Reviewed in March 2005 by Jackie.

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