by M. J. Rose

January 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2215-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Delilah Complex picks right up a few months from where the last book left off. After nearly being killed trying to catch a killer, Dr. Morgan Snow finds herself yet again embroiled in another mystery. After sexually graphic pictures of a manís body are sent to a reporter with the New York Times, the police are brought in and the number one painted on the manís foot indicates this will only be the first killing. Shortly after, a group of women who identify themselves as the Scarlet Society begin a group therapy session with Morgan. They explain that the society is for sexually aggressive women to explore their dominance with a carefully selected group of men. The men are mostly powerful businessmen who themselves want to explore their desire to be dominated. The reason they wish to meet with Morgan is because the man whose death the police are investigating was one of the men in the society.

After pictures of another man are sent in, Detective Noah Jordain contacts Morgan and asks her to meet him. Once again she finds herself in a position to keep patient confidentiality and is unable to give Jordain any information that might possibly help. The police are frustrated because there are absolutely no clues to even tie the men together other than the photographs. Morgan knows they were both participants in the Scarlet Society but is unable to say a word. As more and more pictures are sent in, and no bodies discovered, the police are desperate.

Morgan had hoped her attraction to Jordain was fleeting, but seeing him again brings back all her feelings, and her fears. As a sex therapist she daily helps patients deal with their sexual relationships, but is unable to apply the same principles to herself. Jordain so easily sees inside her and she fears sheíll lose herself in him.

This sequel to The Halo Effect gives more of a glimpse into Morganís inner self and personal life. Though at times graphic, the author uses the scenes to explain rather than to titillate. As in the first book, the romance is not a major part of the book, but still manages to give us enough insight into the characters that itís sufficient. Iím very much looking forward to The Venus Fix, the next installment in this series, due to be released later this year.

Reviewed in December 2005 by Jackie.

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