Washington creates another likable
couple to root for both in and out the bedroom. Readers will care about Alexander's quest for atonement and believe that he deserves Topaz's love. However, Topaz's too-good-to-be-true persona wears off in the middle of the book. Also, the introduction of some secondary characters fails to push the tale forward. Still, fans of Tamara Sneed's All the Man I Need may appreciate this book.

Brash and sassy auto shop owner Topaz Emerson loves fast cars and devilishly handsome men. But once she meets Alexander Rice, a rugged, debonair newspaper publisher, she may need to change her dating criteria. When his past threatens to destroy Topaz and her shop, he realizes the only way to save her may be to return to his old profession as an assassin. (Dafina, Aug., 256 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Dee Y. Stewart