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Nate Kincaid was beloved his whole life. Doted on by his uncle and aunt, they treated him more like a son, after his parents died in a fire. They treated him more special than the daughter they adopted. So why would someone kill Nate Kincaid? Someone had, in a most brutal fashion: beaten him to death in a dirty garage on the edge of a dying town in Wisconsin.
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Jamie's mother wants answers. Jamie wants answers, too. And since the police take an apathetic view that is was just another drug deal gone sour, she goes to Dillon Gaynor for help.

Dillon is likely responsible for Nate's death, in the real sense, if not, then for leading Nate into drug culture. For most of her life, Jamie had watched Dillon at a safe distance. A pretty girl, more smart than she should be, according to Nate, she valued that distance from Dillon. Being smart, Jamie clung to that safety, because deep inside she knew Dillon fascinated her.

The review of this Book prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray

Mira, Aug 2003, 6.50
ISBN: 1551666944

At the urgings of her mother, boarding schoolteacher Jamie Kincaid drives from her Rhode Island home to Cooperstown, Wisconsin to learn what happened to her cousin, Nate. Officially, Nate was found murdered in the garage of his best friend Dillon Gaynor.

Jamie's car breaks down near Dillon's establishment, forcing him to provide hospitality to her. She stays under his hostile roof with her money and credit cards soon missing and while she waits for her vehicle to be repaired. Only his “pal” Mousy treats her nice. Still though a dozen years have passed since they last saw one another the attraction between the daughter of wealth and the bad boy blossoms into an adult love. However, the specter of Nate and the more to life philosophy that her mother the “duchess” espouses stands in the way of anything permanent.

This is an entertaining romantic suspense with a hint of supernatural happenings (read the novel to determine if it is a ghost or not). The story line is exciting, but the audience will become a bit irritated with Dillon's consistent nasty behavior towards Jamie. Still Anne Stuart provides a solid tale that will please her fans that will only want the best for the warm heroine.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   one crude, the other cultured. Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past dead relative(s) Matchmake, (will/family)    -   Yes Matchmaker...    -   matchmake by ghost Disability or addiction?    -   drugs

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   criminal Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confused    -   arrogant    -   blissful    -   angry    -   mature    -   a better lover    -   scared    -   guilty Unusual characteristics?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   wealthy    -   teacher Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   blissful    -   angry    -   mature    -   unhappy for sexing the guy    -   scared    -   guilty Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Frigid - would not even feel a jackhammer down there


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   5-9 sex acts

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