Of all the books historical and contemporary I have read, there are few I really love and keep. Of those, this is MY FAVOURITE! I have it in a well-used paperback, but was delighted to find it in hardback.
WOW!! Anne Stuart is always SUPER, but this one is absolutely a knockout!!!
Annie Sutherland finds fast out her life was built on nothing but lies. Her father has been murdered. The former head of the CIA hit squad (though she does not know this), he left her instructions, that she should seek out his former 'pet' James McKinley...and man she thought she knew, and once even fell in love with.
Only, nothing is as it seems; nothing was as it seemed. James is holding up on an island, looks like a man haunted by demons. Gone is the conservative bureaucrat she adored, leaving her facing a tortured fugitive - but one that is armed and extremely dangerous. Suddenly, the Texas accent is gone and in it's place an Irish brogue, hinting he hold secrets that could mean her life.
Annie and James are thrown together on a cross-country trek, which eventually leads to Ireland and back again to the US, all on the quest to solve the murder of her father. Is James a cherish lover or the man assigned to kill her?
Stuart crafted a knock out of a book that should not be missed.