by Helen R. Myers

April 2002
ISBN: 0-373-51186-8
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Well, finally! A romance writer has been brave enough to give us a hero who is physically disabled. A plane crash has put Zach Denton into a wheelchair, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of terrifying best-selling novels that he writes to scare the pants off his readers! A severe case of screaming paranoia has also resulted – but remember the old saying, “...just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean everyone isn’t out to get you!!”

When lingerie boutique owner Willa Whitney buys the old Victorian house next door to Zach, he is upset for several reasons. Firstly, there is a stalker loose in the vicinity targeting women who look like Willa (gorgeous and blonde of course; short, buxom, well-padded brunettes are seldom targeted by stalkers - in romances, anyway!). Then there is the fact that she is likely to infringe upon his well-established and reclusive existence, and to top it all off she’s getting him seriously hot and bothered!

Add a vitriolic ex-wife who wants to take Zach for everything he’s got, a man-hungry friend for Willa who’ll date anything that breathes, and an assortment of other eccentrics, and you have more than enough suspects to fill this plot.

Both Zach and Willa are stand out characters. Zach is clearly anti-social, cruel, and in pain; Willa is determined, strong-minded, and amazed at her own growing attraction for this grizzled recluse who stares across the yard, through her window and into her heart. Their interactions change from downright nasty arguments, to gruff concern, to simmering sensuality – luckily for Zach, everything still works very well in that department! The suspenseful plot is a little contrived, although the suspects are nicely presented, and very efficiently tidied up – not as predictably as they might be. This is a summer read recommendation; it will go very well with iced drinks, beach towels and hot sunshine to offset the occasional chill engendered by this story!

Reviewed in May 2002 by Celia.

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