HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
Dimon presents us with several layered mysteries and two people with huge chips on their shoulders. A little too much angst drags things down a bit, but the details keep you reading. The bantering dialogue is pleasant, and we get to revisit some likable characters from an earlier book.
Deana Armstrong needs help. Her nephew has been wrongly convicted of murder, and all of her money and influence aren't helping. Former DEA agent Josh is reluctantly persuaded to look into the matter. This forces the two into an uneasy truce, which is complicated by intense attraction.
Deana and Josh have had past experiences that make it hard for them to trust and accept things as they are. Her stubbornness and his prejudices put them at odds at every turn. Josh will not accept less than finding out the truth about the murder and Deana's past, but he has a hard time accepting the truth about his own feelings. (BRAVA, Oct., 304 pp., $14.00)