Howard fans get a second dose of her patented brand of romantic suspense
this year. While the book's short length places the story closer to a novella than a novel, it has all the classic elements of a Howard romantic adventure. Survival is the name of the game, as two former teenage foes reunite in the face of deadly danger. All we could ask is that the story be longer.
As teenagers, mayor's daughter Lolly Helton and sheriff's son Gabriel McQueen locked horns constantly. Now a widower with a young son, Gabriel arrives for family visit with a nasty ice storm at his heels. His father asks him to check on Lolly, who is at her family's cabin and out of phone contact.
Taking up a local's offer to stay with them during the storm, Lolly heads to her cabin to pick up some clothes, never realizing that two dangerous meth addicts are following her. Suddenly she's trapped in her cabin with addicts who are growing more irrational and treacherous. Gabriel and Lolly must survive the storm's icy fury and this deadly pair. (Nov., 200 pp., $24.00)