a book by Joy Fielding
Working as a reporter at a local paper in Chicago, Sophie Rose takes on a human interest story. William Harrington is about to run his 25th race and couldn't be more proud or confident. Sophie meets with him for an interview and listens with half an ear as he drones on and on for hours about his wonderful self. But when he disappears, Sophie wishes she would have paid more attention.
Sophie's father, Bobby Rose, is a man seen by the law as a criminal and by the people as a hero. Sophie has spent her life being hounded by the FBI, CIA and various police departments and has received both threats and praise from citizens. As a result she has learned to dislike law enforcement, with a few exceptions in the FBI. Things start getting dangerous around Sophie and to find the answers she finds herself having to rely on FBI, specifically the sexy Agent, Jack MacAlister. The charismatic agent is the last thing she wants, the daughter of notorious Bobby Rose does not need to fall for an FBI man.
Julie Garwood is one of my favorite writers. Whether she is writing a historical romance, or a contemporary romantic suspense novel, like this one, she has the ability to pull you completely into the story within a few short pages. The romantic tale and mystery was gripping from the get go and I fought with myself to maintain a slow and steady pace, so I wouldn't meet the finish too quickly.
The book touches on characters from the previous book Mercy List, and continues the Buchanan-Renard series. Her characters are always three dimensional and intriguing. She creates terrifying villains in that they could be anyone, people you run into daily. She writes about heroes that make your heart-throb and Jack was the epitome of the man that makes your heart pitter patter. Her heroines always have the right amount of vulnerability and strength. While you admire Sophie for her brains and cool demeanor in the face of danger, her character also begs to be hugged. This story and characters make is easy to get sucked in and eager to read the next story in the series.
Cherise Everhard, January 2008
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