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by Linda Howard

Genre: Romantic Suspense

2006 Romantic Intrigue Nominee

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Following her husband's unexpected death, single mom Cate Nightingale packs up her twin boys and moves to the small town of Trail Stop, Idaho, to open a Bed and Breakfast. An overnight guest unexpectedly sets in motion a chain of events that puts the whole town at risk.

Fleeing after copying the illegal financial records of gangster Salazar Bandini, CPA Jeffrey Layton rents a room at Cate's. After he disappears out the window, the crew Bandini sends to recover the his suitcase (and the data) thinks Cate may have it. After blowing up a bridge and isolating the town, the commandos pepper residents with gunfire. To survive, Cate must depend on shy handyman Calvin Harris, who turns out to be much more than he appears.

A town under siege and people pushed to their limits make Howard's new romantic thriller a true nail-biter. Clever characters flesh out the fast-paced story that focuses not only on the hero and heroine but also on the villains and a secondary romance. The Howard name is synonymous with amazing entertainment, but she hits another level with this transfixing hostage drama. What a movie it would make! (Jul., 338 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: July 2006

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