Kensington, July 2001, 6.99, 384 pp.
Sydney Shanks gave the evidence to the Feds that placed her former spouse Russell Reck in jail. Her stepdaughters loathe her for what she did to “sweet” daddy. Worse, Sidney knows that if the abusive Russell is released he will seek vengeance probably trying to kill her. All Sydney wants is to be left alone to work on her arts center project, but now her worst nightmare begins because the Feds free Russell and his target is Sydney.
To make matters worse, if possible, Alec Porter has returned. Years ago, she left the bad seed though she loved him. Alec swears that he has changed and wants to atone for how he behaved towards her and what he has done in his life. However, before he can do anything, he needs to keep his beloved safe from the (w)Reck(ing) crew that want her dead even if it means he must die to do so.
HEAT OF THE MOMENT is an exciting romantic suspense novel that never slows down for a paragraph. The story line is faster than an express train and filled with plenty of action. The Recks are a dangerous, nasty lot, almost cartoonish in their ugliness. However, the tale clearly belongs to the brave heroine, but especially her champion, who desperately seeks redemption and a second chance at love, but first he must keep both of them alive.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner