Ellen Layne is a teacher at a prestigious college in Connecticut. She’s feeling burned out and she and her two children are spending the summer with her uncle in New York City. It’s been several years since her divorce, but she still hasn’t forgotten the pain and betrayal she felt when she discovered her husband’s many affairs. When a young sexy man starts flirting with her in the airport bookstore, she’s flattered but refuses his repeated invitations for a drink or dinner. When she walks away from him she never expects to see him again.
Detective Sam Schaefer hated watching Ellen walk away from him, and though he’d given her his phone number, knew she’d never call him. Imagine how surprised they are when they realize they’re both there to meet the same person – Ellen’s aunt. Sam is there as a favor to a friend who was supposed to have dinner with her that evening.
Ellen ends up responsible for giving Sam a ride home in the limo she had waiting for her. Sam convinces her to have dinner with him, but due to an accident, they end up spending several hours together in the privacy of the back seat. After talking and laughing together, one thing leads to another and they end up having sex. But as much as she enjoyed herself, Ellen doesn’t want any type of relationship with Sam. She doesn’t want to risk her heart with someone she considers too much of a playboy like her former husband.
Sam tracks down Ellen’s phone number, but she refuses to meet with him. When Ellen receives a threatening phone call, along with several unaddressed letters delivered to the house, Sam is brought in to investigate. He’s not convinced its Ellen’s uncle who is the target, but rather Ellen herself. He moves into the house to provide additional security, despite how being so near to her and unable to touch her is pure torture.
After years of waiting for this book to be re-released, it was such a pleasure to finally sit down and read it. While short, the book blends together a touching romance with a healthy dose of suspense. It’s was a delight to watch Ellen deal with her emotional fears while Sam deals with his feelings of inadequacy in his job.