Trace Ballinger left the coalmines of Pennsylvania to become a full partner at a prestigious New York law firm. Though he has made it, he would have done almost anything to gain vengeance on the affluent Grant family, who made their wealth on the lungs of families including his own. That need changed when he met the Grant matriarch Cora who gave his career its boost by selecting him to represent her. Over the next eight years, a loving relationship formed between the two of them.
Almost a decade ago, while she was studying in France, Schuyler Grant's parents and sister died in a boating accident. She attended their funerals and immediately fled to Paris, not coming home since the tragedy.
Schuyler inherits Cora's fortune, which finally gets her to return home where she meets the estate's attorney Trace. They are immediately attracted to one another, but apart from their love for Cora have nothing in common. However, proximity breeds understanding, trust, and love, but will that supersede Trace's thirst for vengeance as it did once before?
LIP SERVICE is an entertaining romantic suspense novel that hooks readers due to its lead couple and a plethora of eccentric secondary players. The story line entertains the reader as it centers on the relationship between Schuyler and Trace. The inclusion of a subplot that places the lead couple in danger is exciting, but unnecessary to an already strong primary theme that focuses on class differences in America. Suzanne Simmons provides an intelligent tale that will please sub-genre fans who should also read LADY'S MAN and NO ORDINARY MAN.