Avon, Feb 2004, 6.50, 384 pp.
In Detroit, Michigan, Sarita Grayson receives an eviction notice that will shut down her outreach gym as the city is selling the abandoned warehouse she has used. Realtor Fletcher Harris offers to fund the down payment towards the building purchase if Sarita picks up a package for him. She agrees, but all heck breaks loose when undercover architect and former special forces soldier (don't ask – read) Mykal Chandler breaks up the action and catches Sarita. She escapes.
The next day Sarita's “foster brother” Saint offers her a deal that will enable her to own the building if she agrees to marry his half-brother for one year as he needs a wife of convenience to keep women away from him. When Sarita meets her groom, they recognize one another from last night's activities. She has no choice but to be Mykal's temporary spouse as he runs the NIA war against drugs in Detroit for that is the only way he can keep her safe from gangsters who marked her last night. Neither Sarita nor Mykal expected this arrangement to lead to love.
Though the “sanctioning” of the NIA violations of individual rights by the Detroit Mayor and the FBI seems wrong fans will appreciate this terse romantic suspense. The story line moves forward at a fast pace from the moment Mykal and Sarita meet. However, the key to the tale is the cast led by the fine lead couple and supported by his two half-brothers and her friend. Readers will enjoy this war on drugs romantic thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner