by Sandra Brown

August 2005
ISBN: 0-7432-4554-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Simon and Schuster

Lilly Martin is in the small North Carolina town of Cleary this one last time to pack up the last few belongings in the cabin she’d once shared with her husband. The divorce is now final and the cabin has been sold. But she doesn’t leave fast enough to miss the beginning of a record-breaking storm and on her way down the mountain she accidentally hits a man. He’s injured and her car is totaled so the two of them have to fight the elements and walk back to the cabin. Now she finds herself secluded with Ben Tierney, a man she’d only met once before, a man she’s not sure she can trust.

Ben Tierney is a man of mystery and from the beginning painted in a bad way. Is he innocent of the murders being committed in the small town over the last two years, and if so what is he really hiding? One thing he knows for sure is that he was attracted to Lilly that one day they’d met a few years ago, and he still feels the same.

While these two are trapped, Lilly’s ex-husband Dutch Burton, chief of Cleary’s police department, is frantic to get to his wife because he knows who she has there with her. He’s more concerned that she’ll sleep with Tierney then of any threat to her life if it’s true that Tierney really is the killer being sought. The FBI plays a big part in the story and, as they reveal clues, the reader will constantly be changing their opinion on a variety of subjects.

Although disappointed with last year’s release of White Hot, this time around the author pulls no punches and gives the readers an exciting blend of romance and suspense, keeping us guessing until the very end. Though the story moves steadily along, bringing a whole host of suspicious characters, the ending is fast paced and impossible to put down. Sandra Brown has certainly proven time and again to be a master story teller, and this book is no exception.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Jackie.

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