Old family secrets and dirty politics set the tone in author Christiane Heggan's newest romantic thriller.

Laura Spencer has quite a job ahead of her as the new publisher of the Austin Sentinel. When advertisers begin pulling out, Laura smells a rat. Malcolm Kandall, the man who wants to be the next governor, seems to be putting pressure on advertisers. But why?

It is no secret that the paper's owner, Laura's stepfatherJ.B. Lawson, has been at odds with Malcolm for years. But is that the reason? The only Kandall family member J.B. feels kindly towards is award-winning photojournalist Ted.

In deference to his sister Sandra, Ted has agreed to come home and try to reconcile with his now dying father Charles. Old wounds run deep, and neither seems able to reach out. Ted agrees to work temporarily for the Austin Sentinel and he and Laura soon lock horns. Their attraction threatens to consume them. For some family members, Ted's homecoming threatens to resurrect the mystery surrounding Ted's mother's "suicide." For her part, Laura begins to suspect that Malcolm may have ties to Mobster Enzio Scarpati. She is proven right when a contract killer makes her his next target.

NEVER SAY NEVER is a gripping, memorable tale chock full of dangerous intrigue and deep passions. Another winner from this outstanding author. (Aug., 416 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith