The dysfunctional Darlings are front and center once again, in Stillings'
sizzling and funny new thriller. She does her usual excellent job of taking humor with a dangerous edge and blending it with sexy sizzle. This one's another winner!
Surly former cop turned P.I. Ethan Darling may have met his match when it comes to sneakiness and distrust in the form of his unwilling new client. A TV studio fears that someone is after Georgiana Mundy, its culinary queen, and wants Ethan to protect her. Georgie, on the other hand, wants no one snooping around as she tries to conceal an explosive secret from her past. But Ethan is not about to back off, even if he has to track Georgie surreptitiously. Sparks fly when these two butt heads, but can they call a truce in time to protect what's really important? (AVON, Dec., 384 pp., $5.99)
Jill M. Smith