Maggie OBriens 35th birthday starts out with a thud. First, she has another fight with her 15-year-old daughter Nicole, and then she learns that her ex-husband Charles is getting re-married. All Maggie would like to do is hibernate, but her sisters have arranged for a weekend getaway to Atlantic City.

Despite her reservations, Maggie gamely plays along. Once she arrives, however, Maggie finds that she is out of synch with the rest of the party-driven clientele.

Police Det. Conor Riley spots the striking woman the moment she arrives at the hotel. For the first time in a long while, Conor finds his interest piqued. His brother has invited him down to get a little sorely needed R&R. Conors best friend and partner was murdered a year ago and the court case is about to begin. The defense is implying that Conor let his partner down and froze, allowing him to be killed.

Conor and Maggie immediately strike sparks and soon both are throwing caution to the wind. Their whirlwind affair is both fast and intense. Neither is willing to let the relationship die without a fight, but are there too many obstacles, both human and emotional, lying between them?

Consistent winner Barbara Bretton returns with a powerhouse novel that is both touching and emotionally intense. Terrific reading! (Dec., 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith