Lana Hargrove has just about everything she wants: a successful business, a nice home, and a man she may marry - though not for love. What she really wants is a new last name, so she can wipe out any connection to her father, a notorious art thief.
Things are going well until Justin Larkin starts following her. Justin is a private detective hired by an art gallery to find a stolen artifact. He has been living a double life in order to befriended Lana's father. When her dad goes Justin must find Lana's dad and also protect Lana from the men who are out to get her father.
When the bad guys come after Lana, she and Justin go into hiding where they discover they cannot control their lust for one another. They start to fall in love, but Justin does not tell her about his double life. All is well until her father shows up, forcing Justin his reveal his true mission.
This report prepared by L. Watson
St. Martin's, Aug 2004, 6.99, 336 pp.
In Georgetown, public relations guru and social climber Lana Hargrove notices the man following her; since she took a self defense course, a confident Lana confronts the stud demanding he explains why he follows her. Justin Larkin tells her he is an art thief like her father who hired him to keep her safe. Lana rejects his rationale because her father Frank deserted her twenty years ago when she was just a child.
When someone tries to kill Lana, she realizes that Justin is telling her the truth. They flee the DC area. As the duo hide together, Lana and Justin fall in love. However, he knows that when she learns the truth that he is a partner in Baxter & Baxter Investigations using her to catch Frank, who stole an obelisk from a museum, Justin expects their relationship to end.
ALL THE MAN I NEED is an engaging romantic suspense tale that readers will enjoy due to the warm fully developed lead couple and her father who is a suave yet lonely felon. The story line obviously focuses on Justin's growing dilemma between his love of Lana and his honor to catch her father the thief. Readers know they can always count on Tamara Sneed for a strong entertaining read, as this fine tale bears out that truism.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner