Book Review

by Maureen McKade

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

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Three months ago, Chicago prosecutor Olivia Kincaid was fearless. But after being brutally attacked by a man she was trying to prosecute, Olivia is scared. While her body and soul heals, Olivia retreats
to her father's Colorado ranch.

For years, Judge Andrew Kincaid has had felons nearing parole come to work on his ranch as part of their release program, and Kincaid believes that one of the men there now, Hank Elliot, was unjustly convicted. For Olivia, having these men around is a frightening reminder, and she finds it difficult to accept that any of them could be innocent or changed.

When a reporter is strangled after writing an article about Olivia, the sheriff turns his attention to Hank, and despite her earlier misgivings, the more Olivia gets to know Hank, the more she trusts him. There is a killer on the loose, however, and the danger grows ever closer.

Forgiveness and trust are key themes in this new tense and suspenseful story. McKade's characters are real, vibrant and filled with contradictions. This is pure human drama. (Nov., 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Published: November 2005

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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Submitted by Robin in PA on June 21, 2011 - 10:21pm.

When a brutal assault nearly took her life, Assistant District Attorney Olivia Kincaid retreated to her father's Colorado ranch hoping to finally feel safe.  But she doesn't feel safe when she finds out that her father has created a work-release program for convicted felons on his ranch.  Six years ago, Hank Elliott was imprisoned for a crime he says he didn't commit.  Olivia has heard that story from countless criminals.  Still, something about him makes her want to believe him.  But when a woman is murdered and Hank is the main suspect, not even Olivia is sure he is innocent.

This was an interesting read with well-drawn characters.  At the beginning of the story, Hank is a convict who knows he has to make this work-release program work for him or go back to prison.  He doesn't trust his fellow convicts or the men working on the ranch.  Olivia is having a hard time coping with the attack, not even wanting to leave her father's house.  But as the story continues, we see her gaining confidence and learning to trust men again.  This is another winner from Maureen McKade.  My rating: 4.5 Stars.


Submitted by Robin in PA on June 21, 2011 - 10:54pm.