With elements of mystery, suspense, romance and redemption, this second Gemini Men story is sure to please. Sympathetic characters, evil villains, an unsuspecting heroine and a hero whose hard shell conceals a soft heart keep the pages turning, while the clear, intelligent writing makes for easy reading.
Although the initial concern is that Alyssa's gossip-rag antics might endanger the Van Veldt diamond business, it becomes apparent that something more sinister is afoot. Derek is falling for Alyssa even though he despises her notoriety. When evidence emerges that the deaths may have been staged and the company may be trafficking in illegal "blood diamonds," Derek and Alyssa don't know who to trust or what to believe. (BRAVA, Mar., 368 pp., $14.00)