Maguire tells of two needy people who rely on each other for vastly different reasons. The tension mounts as Sarah’s story is revealed and the couple begins to understand their feelings.
When Nicole arrives on Russ’ doorstep wounded, he takes her in and fixes her up, no questions asked. He’s a veterinarian and accustomed to mending animals of all sorts. He knows she’s not telling him her whole story, but invites her to sleep on the couch until she’s healed. They fall into an easy pattern that is the first relationship Russ has had since his wife died seven years earlier. Nicole puts the moves on him first and the stakes get higher. He’s unaware her name is really Sarah and she’s planning to leave so she can keep one step ahead of her past. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Donna M. Brown