Interior designer to the rich Téa Caruso meets professional gambler Johnny Magee when he hires her to redo the house of his youth. Johnny, however, doesn't tell her that he's more interested in her mob connections than her decor ideas and sense of style.

Johnny's convinced she's the linchpin to uncovering the mystery behind his father's unsolved murder. And although Téa, who's determined to make it on her own, turned her back on her mafia-don grandfather years ago, he and "the family" now want her to return to the fold. Life in sunny Palm Springs gets even more complicated when Téa and Johnny, both with a closet full of secrets and a zillion reasons not to trust anybody, can't stop themselves from falling in love.

Ridgway pens a creatively plotted, riveting novel filled with the perfect blend of humor and drama. The dialogue is sharp and the characters a pure delight. The classic lounge-song references that serve as chapter titles bring an added element of fun to this masterfully written story. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel