Pocket, Apr 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
In Puffin Harbor, Maine, Rachel Foster is unhappy to learn that the owner of Sub Rosa, the seaside mansion she and her father designed, is coming to take up residence. Rachel knows that the mansion is the place where tragedy ended in the murders of her mother and their parents' best friend by their father who committed suicide right afterward. However, she learns that her father and his former pal had been art thieves stealing millions and her dad has left it up to her to rectify the situation anyway she wants.
The new owner Keenan Oakes and his five male disciples arrive as Rachel sneaks into the building. He catches her, but she temporarily escapes. Kee forces the issue of Rachel staying with him and his men allegedly to help them open up the state of the art technological house, but in reality he wants to keep an eye on her and not just because he does not trust her. As Rachel and Kee fall in love, he has kept secrets from her while she fears that once he learns her deepest concerns involving her father he will end their relationship.
This is an engaging romantic suspense that has several late surprising twists that will keep readers guessing on who did what to whom. The story line is at its best when Kee and Rachel battle even as they fall in love with one another. Hopefully, future tales starring the disciples and her sister will be coming soon as Janet Chapman seduces her audience with enjoyable tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner