Connor's partner was murdered, and Connor spent several months in a coma, left with scars, burns and a shattered leg. His colleague, Ed Riggs, was corrupted and blackmailed and is now in prison. Conner was the cop that put him away. He also saved Riggs daughter Erin who he loves. Novak is supposed to be rotting in a maximum security prison, but Connor has just heard of his escape. Novak almost got his vicious claws into Erin once, and if the Feds won't protect her, then Connor will. He's loved Erin for over a decade and has had hot, sexual fantasies about her for all that time. Erin is the only person capable of pushing his lamebrain "hero" button.
Connor doesn't know it, but Erin sees him as her hero, her protector, the man of her dreams. He's intense, intelligent and has a force of will so overwhelming, he sweeps her away. But, her strong and noble Connor turns into a puddle around her. This is a powerful book rife with steamy sex, an imperfect lead character, a nasty villain and a happy ending. The sexual chemistry between the lead characters is hot enough to singe the pages and honest enough to be utterly captivating.
This report prepared by amy smith
Kensington, Aug 2003, 14.00, 416 pp.
Former FBI undercover agent turned private sleuth Connor McCloud knows life in his profession means double-crosses and betrayal. He bitterly reflects on the cruelty of life now that he is little more than a hermit except for serendipitous surveillance and distant photos of individuals that end up destroying relationships. His most trusted friend Ed Riggs deceived him and set him up to take a fall though blackmailing circumstances caused the actions. When Connor put Ed and his blackmailer, deviously clever maniac Kurt Novak, behind bars, he also lost the woman of his dreams, Erin, the daughter of the traitor.
When insiders abet Kurt enabling him to escape, Connor knows that he and Erin must be revenge targets of this lunatic. Though he expects that Erin detests him for putting away her father, he vows to keep her safe, but wonders how he will hide from her how much he loves her. Erin reciprocates, but does not trust the man she loves.
Fans of erotic romantic suspense will enjoy the hot action-packed thriller STANDING IN THE SHADOWS. The story line moves quickly except for the heated scenes that take a bit of acceptance at first as Erin mistrusts Connor yet entices him as the goddess of sexual seduction to jump into bed with her when they are BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. Still, Shannon McKenna provides a powerful bodyguard tale filled with tension, sexual and intrigues.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner