Harper Torch, Feb 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
In Miami, Florida, someone touches personal trainer Tyanna Calhoun in the parking lot of the gym she is employed by. Tyanna reacts by beating up her alleged culprit until she realizes the man lying at her feet is her former boyfriend Sheldon Ford. About a year ago, Sheldon vanished without a word when Tyanna thought she finally had found the love of her life. He tries to explain but she tells him to go write a novel, as his claim is way out.
However, Sheldon insists that a former acquaintance at a different gym where he and she met had mob ties and wanted him dead for snooping. Sheldon believes that the now deceased Dino Benedetto killed his brother while dealing in illegal steroids. With Dino dead, Sheldon wants a second chance as he insists he ran to keep her and his mother safe. When bad things happen to Tyanna and Sheldon while they fall in love all over again, he wants to run again, but this time his beloved serves as the bait.
TELL ME YOU LOVE ME is an exciting romantic suspense that is at its best when Sheldon pleads his case. The story line is loaded with a wide gamut of emotions including remorse and regret, and a charming secondary duet enhancing the romantic elements. A subplot involving Din's cousin provides action, intrigue, and a personal dilemma, but also takes the reader away from the key theme of trust. Fans still will appreciate this well written exhilarating tale starring two delightful lead protagonists.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner