Kate OMalley is the Negotiator. The soft-spoken southerner diffuses hostage situations with her seeming empathy and charm, but shes all edge when dealing with her teammates. She meets her match in FBI special agent Dave Richman, and as the two work to solve an airplane bombing, they fall in love.

Both have secrets and hurts theyre not ready to share. Dave has spent most of his career protecting his famous sister, a murderer. Kate grew up in an orphanage, bonding with six other misfits to form a family. The OMalleys, Dave discovers, are a fiercely protective family and altogether loyal to their adopted siblings.

THE NEGOTIATOR is sterling romantic suspense; lots of action, and plot twists tempered with the gentle intimacy of a sweet love story. Brava, Ms. Henderson. (Feb., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Blair