The connection between Korrine and Rafe goes beyond the physical and makes for appealing reading. Missing, however, are the forensic facts, typical of Smith's writing, that usually make her novels hard to put down. But a well-developed plot that nicely ties into the romance takes the focus off this flaw. Smith teases with a glimpse of characters from past novels but doesn't offer many details -- to this reader's frustration. Still, she's careful to ensure that secondary characters don't dominate the story.

After the death of her father, FBI agent Korrine Friday unwillingly relocates to Texas and lands an assignment working under the handsome Rafe Santiago -- who's well aware of Korrine's reluctance to work for him. Top that off with the fact that his first encounter with Korrine has her giving him what-for at a crime scene, and she just wants to evaporate into thin air.

Despite their rocky start, there's no denying their attraction to each other. A stickler for rules, however, Rafe isn't sure that he can concentrate while working next to Korrine, let alone stop a rash of murders. (KENSINGTON, Sep., 383 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton