TALK ME DOWN
Dahl's novel is all about sex,
with a few pages dedicated to
actual suspense involving a stalker.
The heroine acts like a dog in heat
and rarely shows any sign of
intelligence, while the hero lacks
the self-control that is characteristic
of his profession. Despite these flaws, once the reader gets three-quarters
of the way through the book,
providing they get that far, the
suspense kicks in and the characters become something other than sex-
In an effort to break her writer's block, erotic novelist Molly Jenkins returns to her hometown in search of her brother's best friend and her old crush, Ben Lawson, for inspiration. For years, she has thought of him and used versions of him as the hero in her novels.
Ben, now the chief of police, has always liked Molly but finds it hard to break through her protective wall of secrets. Still, he ends up getting involved with her on a sexual and professional level. As he tries to find her stalker, and they become more involved, they realize there may be more to their relationship than sexual pleasure. (HQN, Jan., 352 pp., $6.99)