Misunderstandings and treachery pepper this complicated love story between an older woman and a younger man. The latest chapter in Gerard's sizzling Bodyguard series focuses on friendship, loyalty and courage under fire. Manny and Lily's story is intense, believable and, at times, poignant. This is another outstanding entry in a series that just keeps getting better.

Seventeen years ago, while working for Doctors Without Borders in war-torn Nicaragua, Lily Campora fell in love with a young rebel fighter named Manny Ortega. Their affair was cut short when Lily was told that he had died. Unbeknownst to her, Manny survived, and he's convinced that Lily betrayed him.

When he sees her again in the U.S. after all these years, Lily doesn't understand his hatred for her, but resolving that will have to wait. Lily's just learned that Adam, her 16-year-old son, has been kidnapped in Sri Lanka. Still reeling from learning he has a teenage son, Manny immediately rallies the Garrett brothers, who are his friends and new employers. It will take everyone's skills, including Lily's medical experience, to mount a rescue in a potential war zone. (ST. MARTIN'S, Dec., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith