by Nancy Bartholomew

May 2005
ISBN: 0-373-51355-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #41
Mass Market Paperback

Sophie Mazaretti has left her life in Philadelphia far behind for the community of New Bern, North Carolina. Her slimy ex-husband turned their lives into a media circus before going to prison, and Sophie just wants to be left alone to rebuild her life. With her stuck-in-the-New-Age sister and parents nearby, Sophie finds a little house to renovate.

Being followed was a fact of life in Philly, but when it starts happening in New Bern, Sophie is not only frightened, but also angry as hell. Why can’t people just leave her alone? Hasn’t sleazy Nick done enough damage? Who are these people and what do they want?

When the danger escalates, it is just her luck that the yummy man she met recently turns out to be a cop. Detective Gray Evans cannot believe the coincidences. He noticed Sophie a week ago, and now it turns out that she is not only the sister of a member of his weekend rugby team, but has discovered a dead body in her backyard.

Author Nancy Bartholomew has penned a witty, engaging book in Sophie’s Last Stand. There are no weak heroines here, no “little women” to protect. Sophie’s life has forced her to develop a spine. The rest of the characters are entertaining, especially the “Mod Squad” of senior citizens who undertake Sophie’s security. Readers who have come to crave these Bombshell books will be charmed.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Paula.

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