Perennial bestseller Jude Deveraux works her patented blend of magic, adventure and romance in this delightful, irresistible tale-a wonderful Valentine treat for her legion of loyal fans.

A weekend getaway turns into a nightmare for librarian Emily. First her fiance, reporter Donald, stands her up and then she accidentally hits a man while driving. Michael seems to be uninjured, but his wild claim that he is Emily's guardian angel implies that maybe he was hurt.

Figuring Michael is a few fries short of a happy meal, Emily tries to distance herself from him; only to discover his disconcerting ability to read her mind. Michael has been sent down in human form to uncover a dangerous presence lurking near Emily. Emily takes Michael's claims more seriously when a bomb is found in her car. Someone really does want to kill her, but why?

Complicating matters, the recently deceased body chosen for Michael to use on Earth belonged to a hit man wanted by the FBI. When the body disappears, an all points bulletin is released again for Michael Chamberlain. Donald makes matters worse by making allegations about Emily and her "hit man."

Michael and Emily can feel danger drawing closer. Keeping Emily safe is a tough assignment for any angel. But the assignment is made more complicated by Michael's feelings of love for Emily.

(Feb., 308 pp., $7.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith