CLOSE TO YOU

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Shay's sequel to last year's Someone
to Believe In continues to explore the powerful emotions and at times heart-wrenching issues associated with the O'Neil family. Attraction can develop
at the most inconvenient time, and for these characters, it comes down to making serious life choices. Always a dramatic and engaging storyteller, Shay never disappoints.

Despite her family's unhappiness with her career choice, Secret Service agent C.J. Ludzecky is very good at what she does. Currently, C.J. is part of the vice presidential family detail, keeping close tabs on Second Lady Bailey O'Neil and the kids. After Bailey's father suffers a serious heart attack, the family heads to the lake house for his recovery. While C.J. enjoys most of the Second Lady's family, her brother Aidan gets under her skin.

Having been the subject of vicious gossip before, C.J. worries that the attraction building between them can only cause problems. She needs her wits about her, because both the vice president and the Secret Service agents have been trying to downplay the fact that Bailey has been receiving threats. Are they from a certain terrorist group, or do they relate to events from her past? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Feb., 328 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith