Clare's impressive novel
is rife with gripping suspense, secrets masterfully revealed and characters in whom readers can become emotionally invested. The sexual tension between the protagonists is deliciously steamy, and the skillful plotting makes this thrilling book one readers won't be able to close until the final page.
Marc Hunter, a convicted felon, knows he needs Sophie's help to save his kid sister and her baby. The obvious problem is that he's behind bars and unable to locate the bad egg in the justice system who's keeping him from getting at the truth. The other problem is that his feelings for Sophie haven't wavered in 12 years and, though they need to work together to solve this crime, he doesn't want his explorations to end with the case. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Apr., 400 pp., $7.99)