DEADLIER THAN THE MALE
DEADLIER THAN THE MALE (2) by Sharon Sala & Colleen Thompson: Unfortunately both of the novellas making up this book are depressing and not very suspenseful. In Sala’s “The Fiercest Heart,” Haley Shore loves Mack Brolin, but their families hate each other. After 10 years apart, these once-teenage lovers have a chance at happiness. This story is told as if this were the case history from the pages of a family counselor who has failed to help her clients. The understanding of unhappy families is spot-on, but romance needs more fantasy. Thompson’s “Lethal Lessons,” flows, but lacks sympathetic characters and logical behavior on the part of secondary characters. Mara Stillwell moves across the country after a painful breakup and discovers the father of one of her students is Adam Jakes, her brother’s best friend. Adam’s wife recently died and rumor has it that Adam pushed her off the cliff. When Mara and Adam have an affair, many people are upset — and Mara’s life is in danger.