HOTTER THAN WILDFIRE
Rice has given us another of her emotionally intense, suspenseful rides. This is the second in the Protectors series, and, while it is not necessary to have read book one, it is helpful. What distinguishes Rice from the rest of the pack is the interior backstory of the characters — why they react as they do, and she does this for the men and the women, making for a great read.
Harry Bolt has survived near death several times, with the help of his brothers — and a singer’s voice. Since they were in foster-care hell together the brothers have had each other’s backs, and Harry resurrects himself to help them run their security agency. The brothers help abuse victims disappear. Harry is surprised when the agency hotline is activated by Eve, the singer who pulled him back from hell with her voice. Eve is fleeing one of the nastiest operators in Iraq, someone Harry would like to incapacitate for other reasons. Now he must take his eyes off the lovely woman whose voice has long held his heart and concentrate on trying to keep her alive, because someone is trying really hard to silence her voice for good. (AVON RED, Apr., 352 pp., $13.99)