Jasper Wayne McNeil Jr., better known as Jazz, seems to have been born under an unlucky star. He's been told that he's cursed, everything he touches is destroyed, and everyone he loves dies. He's come to believe that over the years but something about his best friend Alex's death doesn't ring true. It's been sixteen years since he last set foot in Briarwood, Kentucky, but after losing his wife to cancer, packing up his young daughter and returning to the small community seems like the right thing to do.
Anne-Marie Kincade has been in love with Jazz since her big brother Alex first brought him home so many years ago. Jazz was her hero, she'd been aware of the abuse he suffered at home and admired his strength. She'd been devastated by her brother's death in a drunk driving accident but she's never believed that Jazz was to blame. Anne-Marie is so smart she's been able to skip grades and become a pediatrician at a very young age. She loves kids but the only man she's ever loved is Jazz. Now that he's back in town, maybe she will finally convince him that she's more than the bratty little girl he remembers.
Jazz is determined to uncover the truth behind his best friend's death. Nothing about the accident makes any sense. He lost not only his best friend, but his surrogate family as well. Now that he's back in Briarwood, he's reconnected with Anne-Marie and it looks like things might finally be going his way. It doesn't take long for `Jazz's curse' to follow him and he's caught between blaming himself and trying to figure out who's trying to set him up. Will Anne-Marie's faith in him be enough to help him through this latest ordeal?
Shiloh Walker has definitely earned each and every one of her fans with her delectable tales full of unforgettable characters, suspense, and undeniably intense sensual tension. Jazz is one of those characters who's glaringly tortured, vulnerable and absolutely loveable -while still being utterly sexy. Anne-Marie is bold, daring, and impossible not to like. She's never failed to believe in Jazz and I found that truly admirable. I love the fact that I could not figure out who was trying to set Jazz up for murder - or attempted murder, I had suspicions but they all seemed too obvious. Ms. Walker kept my attention through this entire story and I'll definitely keep a look out for more of her books - and rereading some of my old favorites.
Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)