Middle daughter Eve has always been odd gal out - the product of an illicit affair, when her mother died, she was taken in by her philandering father and his wife and raised as one of the family. Seeing how infidelity and love affected her stepmother Bianca, she vowed to never fall in love. Working at the family spa and the local society columnist, she is befriended by Jem, a young starlet in Palm Springs for R&R. But it is Jem's sexy brother Nash, a monster truck racer with the nickname Preacher who captures her attention. Nash has been called on to look after Jem after she is nearly run over - possibly by the teen stalker who terrorized her.
While under investigation for insider training thanks to a cruddy stock tip from a former lover that left her broke, the SEC taps her to try to get the goods on said lover. She has managed to keep her financial woes from all her loved ones. Problem is that every time she tries to have a conversation with Vince, Nash steals her away. He too has vowed never to fall in love as he fears that he has his violent father's penchant for throwing his fists when angry. As the two dance around their flirtation, both fall for each other and struggle to maintain the upper hand in the courtship. But can two reticent people make a relationship work? Never mind that she is a mafia princess and he is a truck driving Bubba (with an MBA).
The second installment in the "Caruso Chronicles" was tough to get into - but after the first 100 pages or so, the story picked up, and had some direction. Though it pales in comparison to its predecessor "An Offer He Can't Refuse," the story can stand on its own merits. And let's face it - Ridgway has a way with a scene of seduction that can curl more than the pages!