by Karen Rose

August 2005
ISBN: 0-446-61448-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Karen Roseís newest book centers on battered women and their fight for survival. Dana Dupinsky has put her own life on hold in order to help other women not only escape their violent pasts but also offers some a chance at a new life.

Dana has no reason to question when a woman and her child come to Hanover House seeking shelter. However, it soon becomes apparent that Jane Smith is not what she seems.

Security expert Ethan Buchanan learned how to hunt down men in the military. When he gets a desperate call concerning the disappearance of his godson Erik he knows heíll have to put his old skills to good use. His tracking will soon lead him to Chicago where he meets Dana at a bus terminal. They have no idea at the time that their immediate attraction to each other might be just the key to solving the mysteries in each otherís lives.

As more people in Danaís secluded world start turning up dead, the tone of the story quickly heats up. Can Ethan piece together the strange parts of the puzzle that will save Erikís life as well as Danaís?

I became an instant fan of Roseís books after devouring her first novel in one sitting; however her newest endeavor didnít have quite the appeal of her earlier works. While I became very involved in the disappearance of Erik, I didnít feel the chemistry between Dana and Ethan.

Rose does, however, do an outstanding job of catching her loyal readers up on past characters as well as introducing a new character who seems to be crying out for her own story. This certainly gives enough reason to anxiously await her next book.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Shelby.

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