Scorching-hot sex, deadly secrets and a determined assassin add up to another addicting Leigh thriller. Leigh's ability to credibly build damaged characters who are both intriguing and intense gives her stories that extra punch.

As a child, Risa Clay was used as a test subject for a horrific drug called Whore's Dust by a man she can't remember. In the wake of being raped, drugged and brutalized, it has taken years for her to be willing to attempt any kind of relationship with a man.

Micah Sloane, an Elite Ops agent, is out to take down the assassin called Orion. When the mystery man behind Risa's abduction fears she might be remembering things, he orders Orion to kill her. With a chance to catch Orion, Micah is determined not to let Risa out of his sight. But is the passion between them real or just the result of forced proximity? (ST. MARTIN'S, Mar., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith