McKenna's latest is a mix of dark characters and darker emotions. Her protagonists are unapologetic about their difficult pasts or the choices they make, and their chilly natures are perfectly balanced by the heat they generate and their loving protection of baby Rachel.
Mercenary Val is trying to leave his life of crime behind, but when his boss captures Val's adoptive father, Val must perform one last job to win his freedom. Unfortunately, capturing and delivering Tamara isn't going to be as easy as it sounds. Not only is Tam a skilled fighter, she's now a mother who will fight to protect her adopted baby, Rachel.
Val and Tam join forces to help each other find freedom from the mob -- only to find themselves in a mafia turf war! (BRAVA, Nov., 384 pp., $14.00)