Although this Brown outing is not up to the calibre of her "Envy," nevertheless, it delivers the goods--as only Brown can.
The plot concerns a very buttoned-up, brilliant surgeon, Dr. Rennie Newton, as unapproachable as she is a genius. Young and beautiful, she saves lives on a daily basis with a cool efficiency in the operating room that belies her inner, carefully controlled compassion. But her nerves are about to be tested to the max. For Rennie was the forewoman on the jury at the trial of the cold and spooky Lozada, a hitman par excellence. And the jury acquitted. Now, Lozada is stalking Rennie in the vile belief that she is his soulmate.
Maverick ex-copy Wick Threadgill (Brown is always so good with names--where does she get them?) has had his own brush with Lozada, more than once. When we meet him, he's lost in Margaritaville--in this case, a seedy apartment on the Gulf in Galveston, Texas. Sexy Wick is one moody, volatile guy. He's lost his only brother to Lozada, and it has thrown him into a tailspin that has forced his temporary suspension from the force.
When Wick is asked by his close friend and fellow cop Oren Wesley to investigate the murder of a surgeon who practiced at Rennie's hospital, the stage is set for a deadly triangle: Bad boy Wick, Rennie, who may or may not have murdered her colleague, and Lozada--who definitely may have had something to do with it.
The sparks fly, the sexual tension strains to the breaking point, and distrust abounds as Wick and Rennie, polar opposites in every way, reluctantly join forces to trap Lozada. And the reader is along for every step of the way.