by Elizabeth Bevarly

June 2006
ISBN: 0-373-77112-6
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Marnie Lundy may have fantasies of playing at Carnegie Hall, but she is comfortable with her real life of teaching piano students and working at Lauderdale's Department Store in Cleveland, Ohio. When she is suddenly accosted by strange men calling her "Lila" as she leaves the store one evening, Marnie wonders if she is part of a case of mistaken identity or being pulled into a bizarre scenario.

Agent Noah Tennant is part of a top secret group known as OPUS. He questions if Marnie is truly who she says she is or a spy with ulterior motives. Marnie is attracted to Noah, but is afraid to give into to her feelings with a man who could be gone tomorrow.

In a secondary plot line, Ellie is trying to prove her worth as a rookie agent by infiltrating ChemiTech and finding out who is selling secrets to enemies of the United States. She does not mean to blow her cover when she gets too close to one of the suspects, Daniel. Daniel and Ellie form an unlikely alliance to try to ferret out the true bad guy.

Marnie is a more conservative heroine and it is fun for the reader to watch her bloom as she lets go of some of her compulsive nature and lets the passion from within flare. Some of the love scenes between Marnie and Noah are so hot, the reader may require oven mitts to hold on to the book. Noah may be a professional man, but he is all alpha male.

Ellie is charming in her determination to succeed and provides a lot of the comedy in the story. Daniel is the beta male of the piece. He was the geek everyone made fun of in high school, but now he has grown up and he is trying to make up for lost time in the dating and one night stands departments.

The snappy dialog and quirky humor throughout the novel make this another fun ride of a book for Ms. Bevarly. The only disappointment is I will have to wait until Spring of 2007 for the next book in the OPUS series.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Roberta.

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