Just Like Heaven (Jove) by Barbara Bretton is up first. Kate French is just a little stressed, but when she has a heart attack and is saved by a gorgeous stranger, her life takes some unexpected turns. Mark Kerry can't get her out of his mind, so he tracks her down with the help of some friends, and then things get really complicated. Mark is leaving the area, Kate has strong ties, and they have some fundamental differences in their belief systems that should make it impossible for them to have a real relationship. Fortunately, love doesn't care about things like that. Peopled with an interesting cast of secondary characters, not to mention this strong couple, this one will keep you reading past your bedtime to find out if they can work this out. It's earned four of Cupid's five arrows.
Chosen Prey (St. Martin's) by Cheyenne McCray is next. Lyra Collins has been successfully hiding from Neal Barker and his cult for years now, but p.i. Dare Lancaster has led them right to her door when they hired him under false pretenses. Now Dare and Lyra are on the run from Neal and his henchmen. Lyra's got plenty of motivation to stay away from these guys, but I really found it hard to buy into Dare's 'oh I led them to her, so I have to help her now' guilt as motivation for his actions in the middle part of the story, which didn't make me feel all that motivated to keep reading to the end. I did, but there aren't any surprises here. If you're a fan of her paranormals, be warned this one is just straight romantic suspense, light on the suspense. Not a keeper for me at all, I'm afraid.
Dead Shot (Warner) by Annie Solomon is up last this time out, with her latest romantic suspense. Gillian Gray's art is controversial no matter where the show, but she's come home to Nashville with her photos this time, hoping to smoke out her mother's killer. Plenty of people would like to stop her art, too, led by the fanatical Matthew Dobie. Ray Pearce reluctantly takes on the job of personal security when her influential grandfather pleads the case. Gillian isn't thrilled that Ray can see through her rough facade, but she can't help being attracted to him. Nor can he stop his response to her, no matter how frustrating she is. But people close to her are keeping secrets, and someone is getting closer to her, using her photos as his or her own palette for murder. I've enjoyed Ms. Solomon since her very first book several years ago, and I liked this one very much as well. The only thing I was a little disappointed in was that two of the subplots were left dangling. Nevertheless, the rest of the story more than makes up for that, and I'm giving this one four arrows as well.
Until next time, happy reading!