At the wedding of his brother and her best friend, Detective Taylor McKennitt and Dr. Claire Hunter had a close encounter. But after that night, Claire's fears prevailed and she broke off the relationship. Fate, however, is about to lend Taylor a big hand.

Claire's aunt, retired actress Sadie Lancaster, has gotten herself engaged to a man that the police suspect is involved in criminal activity. When Claire is forced off the road while driving her aunt's car, Taylor suspects that someone is getting antsy. Claire still is not over Taylor, but that won't stop her from trying to keep him at arm's length. When things start getting dangerous, however, resisting Taylor gets much harder. Suddenly Claire's life is like one of Sadie's old movies -- in which no one is exactly who they appear to be.

First introduced in Stillings' debut novel, The Damsel in This Dress, Taylor and Claire now get their own romantic adventure. Chock full of sexual tension, fun and suspense, Stillings' latest is another keeper by a fast-rising star. (Apr., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith