by Tori Carrington

October 2005
ISBN: 0-373-79216-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #212
Mass Market Paperback

Tori Carrington uses the sultry setting of New Orleans to perfection in Possession the first of the hot and seductive Dangerous Liaisons series.

New Orleans native and FBI agent Akela Brooks has returned to her roots and is working in the sultry city where she grew up. Since she is new on the force in this city she feels she must prove herself in order to be accepted by her fellow agents. She is called to the legendary Hotel Josephine where a woman has been found dead. Her reputation as a good agent is about to be tested in many ways.

Bayou bad boy Claude Lafitte is a one-night stand kind of guy. He just spent a wonderful night with a fabulous woman and is doing something really uncharacteristic for him - returning the morning after with coffee and pastry. Little does he know that this could prove to be a grave mistake. He is about to become the number one suspect because while he was out, his partner of the evening has been killed.

When Akela Brooks yells freeze, Claude is stunned to say the least. He didnít kill the lady but all evidence points to him. Whatís a guy to do but kidnap the beautiful Akela to gain his freedom? He takes her to hide out in the bayou while he tries to figure out a way to prove his innocence. Things are just beginning to heat up for this unlikely pair.

Carrington uses the steamy New Orleans setting to her advantage and creates characters that the reader falls in love with. Claude is a player with a heart of gold and Akela is a woman looking for something more. There are a couple of minor things in the plot that donít ring true but that can be overlooked simply because they are indeed minor.

Several secondary characters are introduced in this book that remind the reader that this is a planned trilogy and Carrington does an especially good job of whetting the readersí appetite for a return trip to the Big Easy. Possession is an entertaining look at a magnificent city pre-Katrina plus a start to a wonderful trilogy. Donít miss this one.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Barbara.

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