One problem with romantic suspense is that lover-like situations can feel inappropriate in the midst of danger. So when heroine Jesslyn engages in flirty banter with hero Aiden soon after having discovered her best friend murdered, readers may feel Clark forgoes realism for romantic effect.
Aiden, a CEO who comes to town to complete a building project, rents a house from Jesslyn, who has tragically lost her family. When Jesslyn has a close encounter with a serial killer, Aiden feels protective. As the killer gets closer to harming her, the bond she and Aiden share gets tighter.
Some of this story is told from the point of view of a serial killer. It's chilling to peek inside a psycho's mind, and these sections add suspense. But the killer, with his bloodlust and desire to rid the world of whores, is a cliché. In addition, parts of the book move slowly, incorporating pointless dialogue and clumsy descriptions. (dl $5.99, dk $6.49)