Communications specialist Julia Smalls has relocated to Chicago and started not only a new business, but a new life, with a new name and identity. Granger, Granger & Martell have hired her despite the fact that she seems unqualified, but the need to establish her business and bank account pushes away any anxieties she has concerning her new employers.

After meeting the handsome, quiet, charming David Martell, Julia is shocked by her instant attraction to him. The last thing she wants in her life is a mantragedy, grief and unutterable loss have been the results of her interaction with men. Yet, as much as she tries, she cant stop thinking about David or yearning for his touch.

David thinks Julia must be hiding something. Shes too secretive, too cautious, even to the point of paranoia. Despite his suspicions, David cant stop wanting her, cant stop the desire that consumes him whenever they touch. As he investigates Julia and Curtis, David wonders if hell unearth the means to bury them all.

SECRET PASSION is a tight, well-written romantic suspense novel that gives new meaning to the phrase taut, intense, page-turner as we follow its larger-than-life characters through a dark maze of passion, intrigue and, ultimately, murder. (Oct., 299 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Ferguson