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HEART OF THE NIGHT
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
A lawyer in the office of the attorney general of Rhode Island, Savannah Smith relies on the soothing, sexy voice of Jared Snow, a DJ on country 95.3 FM, WCIC, to get her through all those late nights at the office. Savannah's fraternal twin, Susan, and her friend, Megan Vandermeer, also share enthusiasm for Jared.
A terrible twist of fate gives Savannah her chance to meet Jared when Megan is kidnapped and Savannah is assigned to the case. All she has to go on is the ransom note, a demand for $3 million, left for Megan's husband. An investigation of the ransom note leads Savannah to believe it may have been written by a fan of Jared's broadcasts.
Ready to jump in to help, Savanah's socialite twin arrives at the Vandermeer home; she and detective Sam Craig seem at odds with one another, even as their mutual attraction grows.
With the sparks flying between these two couples, the igniting romance between Jared and Savannah seems much more believable. It is difficult to fathom the practical detective being interested in the beautiful, self-absorbed Susan, even if her arrogance results from insecurity.
This multifaceted novel illustrates the long hours of legal legwork and life on the airwaves in the middle of the night. The complexities of sisterly relationships and the angst of newfound love play a major role in this emotion-filled read. (Mar., 416 pp., $18.95)
Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick
Published: April 2003