Hoping to further her career, Val St. Charles journies to France, hoping to win the right to display enigmatic Oriental millionaire, Jian - Shan's, fantastic sword collection. Yet the brassy American gets far more than she planned on when she interrupts an assassin's attempt on Jian and his little girl, Lily's, lives. Feeling responsible for her injury, Jian brings her into his home while Val heals, and agrees to let her catalog the collection, even though he has no intention of allowing her museum to display them.
Val finds that she is in the middle of an Asian mafia war, as Jian's crime lord father attempts to bring his wayward son back into the fold. Danger fairly crackles in the air, as does sensuality. From the first moment she laid eyes on him, Val began to fall in love with her quarry, and although he denies feeling more than desire for an attractive woman, the feeling is mutual. Yet, the past is something that stands between them and happiness, and if they survive the current crisis, Val and Jian will have to overcome their haunted and broken hearts.
*** Sizzling and very different, this novel paints a world seldom seen. Mixing the exotic Orient with the sensual beauty of France and the spice of a Southern lady, this is only the first in an exciting trilogy. Jian is a hero unlike any seen before with his unique heritage, while Val is a favorite heroine, tough, yet tender. The supporting cast, even though within it lurks a traitor, makes a strong impact upon this fast paced plot. The promised sequel looks even better. ***
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.