Warner, Aug 2002, 6.99, 368 pp.
The FBI recruits ATF agent Alec Dempsey to go undercover in his hometown of Freedom, Arkansas. Alec initially refused to participate as he not only never wants to return there, but he knows he hurt the only woman he loved, Keira Morgan when he left ten years ago. The FBI persuades Alec to cooperate when they inform him the threat is to Keira. Five years ago Ian Griggs and his two brothers robbed an armored truck. His siblings died in a crossfire, but Ian lived to serve a life in prison. The loot was never recovered. Before he was caught, Ian tried to rape Keira. The FBI thinks he will go home for the loot and take revenge with Keira as the target.
Alec arrives in town early so he and Keira can get their story straight. Though Alec tries to keep Keira safe from Ian, she does not want to cooperate. Soon that high spark between them reignites into a fiery love, but as the danger mounts for Keira she wonders how soon after the peril ends he will leave this time.
SLOW HANDS is a fast-paced romantic suspense that hooks the audience into anticipating when Ian will strike. Alec is an engaging hero though the audience will question the way he left Keira a decade ago. Readers will appreciate Keira a brave soul running a business in a male chauvinist environment in which she refuses to take crap, but loathe Keira the wimp accepting junk from a “plastic” rival in her personal life. Still Lauren Bach furnishes sub-genre readers with a pleasant tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner