Ivy, Oct 2002, 6.99
In Tolosa, Texas game hunter Jack Reichert hires private investigator Valerie Parker to tail his younger spouse Shannon in order to learn what she does when he is away. Val follows Shannon to the Blue Onion where she makes a play for off duty police officer Alex DeMarco. Val wants nothing to do with Alex who five years ago was her instructor at the police academy. They made love and he flunked her the next morning. Alex reluctantly takes Shannon to her home when her key breaks in her car lock. Shannon insists there is an intruder in her house so he hesitantly checks. All this is a ploy so he starts to leave until he feels a sting and falls unconscious. When he awakens Shannon is dead and the evidence points to him killing her during rough sex with Val as a witness that he was at the crime scene.
Alex visits Val to find out what she knows. Someone takes a shot at Val slightly wounding her. As Alex and Val work together, they begin to fall in love but first must find the killer before she can understand what happened that night when all her dreams died.
Wild at Heart is an engaging romantic suspense novel that fans will enjoy as the male protagonist is set up to take the fall with his female counterpart as the prime witness against him. The story line is fast-paced, though the grudge adds unnecessary tension that takes away from the taut thriller. The lead couple is a delightful pair trying to solve a homicide while avoiding the passion of love.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner