forest ranger Penny Hart, desperate to put her father's death behind her, is making some
major changes in her life. She's lost 100
pounds, applied for a job transfer, and is moving out on her own for the
first time. But just as the young woman thinks she's put together a
solid plan for a new lease on life, her mother throws her a
curveball. Penny's dreams of peaceful solitude fade when she
discovers that her late father's partner, the sexy and guilt-ridden FBI
agent Mack Holsey, has ensconced himself in the Hart family retreat: the
very place where she intended to make her fresh start!
the cabin to herself and starts scheming of ways to get rid of her
unasked-for roommate. But a mysterious hit-and-run accident coupled with
unanswered questions about the circumstances surrounding her father's
death keep the handsome agent firmly entrenched in her home and her
life. She's brave enough to throw herself headlong into fighting
forest fires, but can Penny survive the dangers of falling in love?
worked for me:
story had an interesting premise, a hunky hero with a decent personality,
and a heroine with a wild job.
I liked the fact that even though Penny has lost a lot of weight, she
doesn't dwell overmuch on the size of her body. (Except for those times when
she feels she is on uncertain ground with the man in her life, but what
woman hasn't done that?)
What didn't work for me:
The flow of
the writing became somewhat stilted as the story progressed, and I felt
that the book was longer than it really needed to be. With some
judicious whittling down it could have been a tighter, faster-paced read.
(Note: the edition I reviewed was not the version which you'll find
on store bookshelves, so some of these issues may have been addressed in
the final editing session.)
plot definitely had some great potential. Fans of mystery/suspense
or multicultural novels may want to have a look at this one, but beware
that it does have some rather steamy sex scenes.
liked "Shadows in the Moonlight" you might also enjoy
"Walking After Midnight", "Looking for
by the Pound", and "Teacher's Pet".
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