by Judith McNaught

Decenber 2005
ISBN: 0-345-47990-4
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An embarrassment to his father, and just a means to make money for his mother, Michael Wyatt was shipped out of the country shortly after his birth. At the age of 34, Michael’s half brother William, who never knew of his existence until recently, finds him and expresses a desire to get acquainted. When William goes missing, Michael is the prime suspect, with the police following his every move.

Kate Donovan is supposed to be enjoying a romantic vacation on the island of Anguilla. The only problem is her lawyer fiancée has to immediately fly back home to Chicago to deal with a case. Mourning the recent loss of her father, Kate is lonely and considering breaking off her four year relationship.

Michael and Kate meet quite by accident and find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. While Michael has never talked about his past, he finds himself slowly opening up to her. And though he is determined to get her in his bed, he makes it clear it will be for one night only. He has no desire to be involved with any woman and he wants her clear on that from the start.

Kate knows going into it her heart will be hurt in the long run, but if one night is all he’s willing to offer, she’s not going to turn him down. When Michael unexpectedly finds himself falling for her and making plans to continue seeing her, circumstances conspire to tear them apart.

Judith McNaught does not disappoint with her latest release. Characters from previous books are mentioned, but you aren’t going to miss anything by not having read them. While a bit dramatic towards the end, this is not a romantic suspense. In true form, McNaught displays her talent at characterization and paints such a vivid picture of Michael and Kate that you understand the emotions behind every action they take.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Jackie.

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