Ever since her father's death and accusations by the military that he was involved in selling weapons to terrorists, Marlie Montague has channeled her anger and mistrust of the government into her comic book series, Angelina Avenger. Marlie's well-rooted paranoia is proven right when a UPS man tries to kill her. Channeling her crime-fighting heroine, Marlie manages to escape to her sexy new neighbor's house.

Ex-Navy SEAL Joel Hunter is not thrilled with his new assignment to spy on "dissident" Marlie, but he follows orders. However, when someone tries to kill her, Joel suspects that something is rotten in the chain of command. Something that Marlie wrote in her newest comic has rattled some cages, but what? Unless Marlie and Joel can figure it out, they may not live long enough to test their red-hot attraction.

Part thriller, part adventure and always humorous, Wilde's latest is just what the doctor ordered to chase away the blues. This author proves that she does humor right. (Mar., 360 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith