Book Review

by Linda Howard

Genre: Romantic Suspense

2004 Best Romantic Intrigue Nominee

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Plucking a truly nightmare scenario from the headlines, the remarkable Howard keeps you on the knife's edge of thrills. For the last 18 years, Lily Mansfield has been one of the CIA's most successful contract killers. Lily's latest target, however, is purely a personal matter. Wealthy businessman Salvatore Nervi ordered a hit on Lily's dearest friends their the 13-year-old girl who Lily considered a daughter. Lily is successful in her attempt to poison Salvatore, but she contaminates herself in the process. Phase two of her project must now be adjusted.

Lily knows the CIA now considers her a renegade and a loose end to be eliminated. Handsome CIA agent Lucas Swain agrees to take on the difficult and delicate assignment of finding Lily and stopping her before she wreaks any more havoc. While the CIA despised the Nervis, they were at times useful to the organization. And with both the CIA and heir apparent Rodrigo Nervi swearing vengeance, Lucas will have his work cut out for him if he is going to keep Lilly alive - from all of her enemies! Despite their chilling professions, Lily and Lucas are fascinating and compelling individuals. Plus, their humanity adds loads to this extremely fast-paced, sexy book.(Jul., 384 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: July 2004

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Kiss Me While I Sleep

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 27, 2013 - 11:00pm.

Seeking revenge for the death of her best friends and adopted daughter, Lily Mansfield, a contract agent for the CIA, goes after Salvatore Nervi, the man who ordered their deaths. When the CIA learns that one of their assassins has gone rogue, they send CIA Agent Lucas Swain to take her down. Lily wants to learn why Salvatore Nervi had her friends killed, while trying to out maneuver his deadly son, Rodrigo, and hiding from the operative she is sure the CIA has sent to stop her.

This is the third book in Linda Howard's CIA series. I found Lily to be a strong character. She is dealing with her grief while seeking revenge for her friend's deaths. She is also working all alone with no one to help her with her plan. Lucas Swain is not your usual dark brooding CIA operative. This guy has a sense of humor and loves fast cars. It was a refreshing change. The story has some good twists. Your never sure when the bad guys are going to pop up in the book or how our heroine is going to get away. My rating: 4.5 Stars.