Ballantine, Dec 2002, 6.99
With several years of SEAL assignments under his belt including Afghanistan missions, Lieutenant (junior grade) Mike Muldoon is assigned the most career-threatening job of his naval life. Mike must escort White House staffer Joan DaCosta while she serves as liaison for a visit to the San Diego naval station by the president's fortyish daughter, Brook “Wild Child” Bryant. President Bryant will follow that in a reelection campaign photo-op visit to Coronado.
Mike and Joan are attracted to one another from almost the first moment they meet, but she acts aloof as she feels he is a kid next to her. As he breaks her barriers down one at a time and they begin to fall in love, the duo is thrust into a terrorist plot to assassinate the President unless Mike and his cohorts can save the day.
Highly regarded romantic thriller author Suzanne Brockmann provides her myriad of readers with a strong suspense tale that never slows down until the final confrontation occurs. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action. The amiable, not so friendly, and often sexy (once Mike loosens up) dialogue between the lead couple is fun for romance readers who will enjoy the older woman (a few years) and the younger man coupling, but also slows down the terrorist subplot for the thrill seeker crowd. Still INTO THE NIGHT is an exhilarating romantic suspense that will thrill the sub-genre audience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner