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His Hot Number
His Hot Number
by Shannon Hollis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous police procedural romance, July 15 2004
Recently joining the California Law Enforcement Unit, probationary cop Linn Nichols hates her assignment pretending to be Caroline and having phone sex with cocaine importer Rick O'Reilly. Making her even more uncomfortable is the lead agent on this case, Kellen Black, watching her performance. Kellen has been undercover as Dean working on finding criminal evidence to lock Rick away and "Caroline" is his girlfriend.
Caroline goes out on a date with Rick, but Dean shows up displaying jealousy (which the undercover cop admits was easy to do as he desires Linn). Kellen likes the wild side that Linn shows off to Rick though he prefers that be only for him. As he hides his deepest desires for her safety, the two cops working in close proximity fall in love, but first must deal with a dangerous felon before they can explore their feelings.
HIS HOT NUMBER is a fabulous police procedural romance that will hook the audience the moment that "Caroline" intercepts Rick's call to Dean and never lets up until the final altercation occurs. The story line is action-packed with an intriguing triangle, but it is the transformation of "prudish" Linn into sex siren Caroline that makes Shannon Hollis novel a hot number worth reading.
Harriet Klausner

Virtually Perfect
Virtually Perfect
by Samantha Hunter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting cyberspace relationship, July 15 2004
In Salem, Massachusetts, Raine Covington detests the constant come-ons of males and avoids any social activity outside of cyberspace or office functions. At the office computer guru Jackson Harris is attracted to Raine, but feels she thinks he is a roach so he keeps away from her except when he works on her machine.
Rider and Nilla met on line, but not in person. They are attracted to one another and Rider wants to meet Nilla in the real world. She hesitantly agrees to a rendezvous. However, when Rider and Nilla see one another, they do not see blossoming love, but instead Jack and Raine. Jack knows he must persuade his Nilla that they belong together, but she cannot reconcile the bug with her "lover".
The cyberspace relationship is cleverly done so that the audience observing the chats believes something special is occurring. Rider-Jack is a wonderful protagonist in both personas while Raine fails to come close to Nilla as she holds her beloved culpable for being Jack as if he set her up. Still fans will enjoy this virtual romance that can turn perfect if Jack can convince Raine that he really loves her.
Harriet Klausner

Unlucky in Law
Unlucky in Law
by Perri O'Shaughnessy
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting legal thriller, July 15 2004
This review is from: Unlucky in Law (Hardcover)
Attorney Nina Reilly moved from Tahoe to Carmel, California to spend time with her lover private investigator Paul van Wagoner to see if they can make it. As Paul offers her diamonds and great sex, her mentor whom she once clerked for, Klaus Pohlmann, a terrific trial lawyer, asks for her help in court. However, Klaus is not what he once was as his mind wanders with his colleagues at Pohlmann, Cunningham, Turk wondering if the great man should retire.
The client, two-time loser Stefan Wyatt, is accused of murder, grave robbing and grave burying as he is accused of stealing valuables from one corpse and interring a fresh body, that of a fellow student. If convicted of any of the counts, Stefan would become a long time guest of the State due to California's Third Strike law. Nina leads the inquiries with Paul's' help that connect back to Tsarist Russia; she also provides much of the legalese at the trial as she acts more like first seat than her befuddled mentor.
UNLUCKY IN LAW is an interesting legal thriller due to Nina's dilemma to be married or not to be married that is the question and the deterioration of the keen mind of Klaus (even her son Bob waits breathlessly). However, the key courtroom drama seems off kilter and never quite hooks the jury (reader). Still the investigation is fun to follow with its ties to Tsarist Russia and Anastasia on top of whether Nina and Paul move on or move out.
Harriet Klausner

Kiss Me While I Sleep
Kiss Me While I Sleep
by Linda Howard
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic romantic thriller, July 15 2004
This review is from: Kiss Me While I Sleep (Hardcover)
At eighteen, the Feds recruited Lilly Mansfield to make her first hit and now nineteen years later she is a hired assassin working as a contract killer for the CIA. She gets through the days by telling herself the people she kills deserve it and she is doing a patriotic duty for her country that not many people can. Gradually she isolates herself from everyone feeling burnt out except for Averill, Tina, and their thirteen-year-old daughter Zia.
When Salvatore, the head of a worldwide crime cartel kills those who Lilly regards as her family, she turns rogue because Salvatore was a CIA asset. She knows that the agency will send someone to take care of her but she never thought Lucas Swain was that man. On his part, Lucas never expects to fall for Lilly or become the instrument that would take over the assignment with Lilly that Averill and Tina never completed. Swain knows that when Lilly discovers who he really is she will want nothing to do with him.
Linda Howard always writes fantastic romantic thrillers and her latest one is no exception. Only an author of her caliber can create a heroine that is a contracted killer and have the audience care about her and hope she find a way out of this life short of death. Swain, a happy-go-lucky agent in comparison to Lilly, is a true patriot with a good heart; he is a man who risks everything for the welfare of his country. Readers will empathize with his predicament and hope he and Lilly will stop the cartel from executing the plan that would kill millions of people worldwide.
Harriet Klausner

At Home in Covington
At Home in Covington
by Joan Medlicott
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars fine Covington tale, July 15 2004
This review is from: At Home in Covington (Hardcover)
Roger Singleton sadly calls his mother Grace to inform her that his long time companion Charles is dying. Grace always liked the kind Charles and immediately flies up from North Carolina to Pennsylvania to help her son cope and to say her good byes to his nice soul mate. He tells Mother Singleton to watch over her son, as he is worried about how Roger will be once he is gone.
When Charles dies, Grace's companion Bob Richardson and her two pals Amelia DeClose and Hannah Parrish arrive for the funeral. Grace has her own health problems as she suffers from diabetes, but as a southerner who loves sweet tea, only sugar counts. Hannah receives an old diary that provides her information about her deceased beloved Dan. Amelia suggests they need to get away and recommends a cruise to the Virgin Islands, which they do and enjoy. Now they must return to their home to get on with their lives.
The latest entry in the Covington series is a fine tale starring wonderful protagonists struggling with mortality that hits home to the three geriatric friends, but especially Grace. The story line reads like a gentle summer breeze in spite of the final days of the pleasant loving Charles. Fans of the series will enjoy this comforting tale that provides solace for those who do not need any action inside a placid story line.
Harriet Klausner

Assassin: A Novel
Assassin: A Novel
by Ted Bell
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced action-adventure thriller, July 15 2004
This review is from: Assassin: A Novel (Hardcover)
American Ambassador to Italy, Stanfield goes out for a late drink after a tryst with his mistress, but is killed by a smart missile that specifically targeted him. Alex Hawke and Dr. Victoria Sweet exchange "I Dos" when a sniper kills the bride. In Saudi Arabia, American Ambassador Butch McGuire drops dead from having his internal organs fried.
Secretary of State Consuelo de Los Reyes asks the grieving Hawke to join Jack Patterson on investigating the assault on the United States diplomatic corps. Hawke agrees. However, in the meantime in Maine a female teen babysitter slaughters Deirdre Slade and her two preadolescent children; the victims are the loving family of a diplomat.
The Sweet killing evidence points to Cuban exile Scissorhand while the ambassador murders look like the work of bin Wazir. Though he prefers to go to "Little Havana" to confront Scissorhand, Hawke lets friends handle that while he tries to stop further assassinations from occurring even as the intrepid ambassador to France Duke Merriman dies from phosphorus fire.
ASSASSINS is an exciting action-packed and nonstop tale starring a terrific series of heroes and an even better band of killers. The story line is chilling in many ways as the assassins are pretty women who one would never suspect as killers yet their loyalty is to bin Wazir or his superior, his father-in-law the Emir, a believer in a Moslem only world. The satirical spoofing of the first novel (see HAWKE) never occurs, as this is more of a straight shooter. The dual plots come together although the Sweet murder seems overkill and pale vs. the more clever kills. Action-adventure readers will enjoy this testosterone vs. estrogen thriller.
Harriet Klausner

The Assignment
The Assignment
by Mark Andrew Olsen
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully exciting, July 12 2004
This review is from: The Assignment (Paperback)
He experienced the beauty of Heaven only to be brought back to life by Jesus to act as the Catacon, "the restrainer of destruction" who will be taken away just before the end of time". His primary role is to send the destroyer back to hell but every time he comes close, his enemy's minions bury him for decades at a time.
The priests of the Order of St. Lazare spend decades trying to find him. When they do, he sees a world more technologically advanced but with the same old hatreds. The 2000-year-old man is tired and wants to go home for he no longer believes that the destroyer can be defeated. Nora, a Harvard graduate student, is almost kidnapped by members of Hamas and a Roman Catholic priest. He saves her and disappears but Nora tracks him down in Paris where she learns the truth about her long-living relative. The destroyer knowing he is loose, sets in motion a series of events that bring the world to the edge of war and he vows to fight him one more time.
Told from the viewpoints of many different characters including the hero, one can understand why immortality is as much a curse as it is a blessing. There is no sense of Divinity about the protagonist but he is a catalyst that sets events in motion the ongoing battle of good and evil. Surprisingly, this is not a preachy or apostatizing story but reads more like an urban fantasy in which the powers of good and evil fight for supremacy. Mark Andrew Olson is a talent comparable to Frank Peretti and Jerry Jenkins.
Harriet Klausner

Going Buck Wild
Going Buck Wild
by Nina Foxx
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars delightful chick lit, July 9 2004
This review is from: Going Buck Wild (Paperback)
In Austin, Thirtyish Claudia Barrett seems to have everything going. She has a terrific job as a vice president at Pittsford Electronics and is engaged to a nice hunk Jackson. So why is Claudia bored and finding herself attracted to Cody of IT?
Her friend Pam believes that Claudia is in the Grand Canyon of ruts having tasted no male fruit except Jackson whom she has been with since high school and engaged to for five years. Claudia follows her pal's advice to go looking for some lust and informs Jackson they need some separation time. Jackson wholeheartedly agrees to Claudia's shock. As she tests the wolf population by GOING BUCK WILD (or as feral as she can) with the Cody crowd, Claudia begins to realize she took the wrong aisle as she misses steady Jackson and wants him back permanently as in married.
Readers will appreciate this delightful chick lit charmer starring a strong protagonist who is intelligent enough to conclude that she chose a path wrong for her though it does take Claudia some time (after all it is a novel) to realize that. The story line is often amusing, but also contains a powerful theme that relationships work best when parties are honest with each other and with themselves. Though the audience could have used deeper insight into Jackson in order to fully compare him with the better developed Cody, readers will appreciate Claudia's Austin's joy ride.
Harriet Klausner

Backstabber: A Hitchcock Sewell Mystery
Backstabber: A Hitchcock Sewell Mystery
by Tim Cockey
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars fine Hitchcock amateur sleuth investigation, July 9 2004
In the Baltimore area, Sisco Fontaine has a slight problem. Lying on the kitchen floor is the murdered corpse of Jake Weisheit with a knife protruding from his back. Sisco has been sleeping with Jake's spouse Polly and recently in a public display of ire he threatened to kill Jake. Obviously the cops can back up with evidence that Sisco had motive, means, and apparently opportunity making him the prime suspect in what appears to be a murder of passion.
A bit upset, Sisco knows only one person who works with the dead, former classmate mortician Hitchcock Sewell. He calls Hitch, but all he wants from his newly rediscovered buddy is to dispose of the body as he knows what will happen to him if the police investigate the murder. Hitch refuses, but puts aside the other bodies, a horde of females wanting to share a coffin, and the formaldehyde high to determine whether Sisco is a BACKSTABBER.
The fifth Hitchcock amateur sleuth investigation is a solid entry in a series a bit off the norm, but always fun to read. As usual, once the audience accepts Hitch as an expert crime investigator, which takes a bit of acceptance, fans will have the usual good time. Hitch is the center of the tale as he keeps it glued together whether he prepares a corpse for a funeral service or making inquiries that lead to the local police wanting to bury him for his interference. Tim Cockey provides an amusing look at the art of dying from the two perspective approaches that one of Baltimore's finest protagonists brings to those who dearly departed.
Harriet Klausner

Gudrun's Tapestry
Gudrun's Tapestry
by Joan Schweighardt
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars copious insightful and thrilling fifth century saga, July 7 2004
This review is from: Gudrun's Tapestry (Hardcover)
In the fifth century Attila the Hun leads his invading horde against the collapsing Roman Empire, which offers little resistance. Used to taking charge and care for her family and desperate to save her people, the Burgundians, Gudrun decides she must stop Attila before he destroys Burgundy. She devices a simple plan similar in a sense to the Trojan Horse as she guesses on what makes Attila tick.
Disguised as Ildico, she gains entrance to Attila's terrifying hometown. Then she does the impossible she meets the brilliant war strategist and offers him a special present. Gudrun presents Attila with a war sword, but fails to tell the warrior that this weapon is cursed to bring adversity and tragedy to whoever possesses it as she knows from first hand experience. Attila incarcerates Gudrun, but also makes her one of his wives to the chagrin of his loyal second-in-command, Edeco, who has fallen in love with the foreigner.
GUDRUN'S TAPESTRY is a fantastic historical tale with a touch of romance and a coming of age backdrop. There is much more than just the above paragraph, as readers see flashbacks into Gudrun's life in Burgundy including her family woes and her love for Sigurd the warrior. The audience also receives an incredible look at what motivated the great warlord as Joan Schweighardt provides deep insight into Attila interwoven throughout the exhilarating story line. Ancient times historical readers will appreciate this copious insightful and thrilling fifth century saga.
Harriet Klausner

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