Another winner in Mann's Dark
Ops Series, this latest novel takes a 180-degree turn and brings the
military to civilian life. This storyline allows for readers who love a man
in uniform, but don't necessarily
enjoy the military scenarios, to
truly engage with a great romantic
suspense. Mann brings two compelling and strong characters together, and when combined with a realistic and tightly woven conflict, readers will be up all night, eager to get to the last page.

Shay Bassett had a difficult childhood, to say the least. She's turned her life around and now works as an advocate for troubled teens. She's scheduled to testify in front of Congress about Cleveland's growing gang activity, but someone wants to shut her up. When Vince, a man from her past shows up, she's overwhelmed with emotions. The hurt from the past doesn't squelch her desire for him.

Major Vince Deluca owes his mentor his life and reluctantly agrees to protect Shay and find out who wants her dead. Finding her facing down a kid with a machete, Vince realizes she has the same affect on him that she did when they were teens. Can he keep personal and professional separate to save her life? (BERKLEY SENSATION, May, 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton