I'LL BE YOUR SHELTER offers a suspenseful love story between a black criminal lawyer and white police officer.

Jillian Newman witnesses a brutal murder, and Detective Harrison Blake is assigned to protect her. But they cannot protect themselves from the unexpected, unbidden and undeniable attraction they have for each other. Yet will their tenuous hope for "this thing called love" survive the emotional traumas and physical threats on their past and present lives?

Carmichael easily blends romance and interesting suspense that has plenty of surprises. While the story gets overly descriptive at times, it's enjoyable from start to finish. (Oct., 320 pp., $8.95)

Reviewed by: 
Charlene Alleyne