I love Diana Palmer's books and have read them all but this one has too many inconsistencies.
The story concerns Texas Ranger Marc Brannon and Josette Langley, who have been acquainted since Marc was a young police officer and Josette was a 15 year old who accused a politician's son of attempted rape. Marc testifies in the accused's behalf and the case is dismissed.
Marc and Josette meet again many years later in San Antonio the year before Josette graduates from college. They become very good friends and Josette falls in love with Marc. On graduation night Marc takes Josie to his apartment and tries to make love to her but finds he cannot penetrate her hymen. He is devastated as he realizes that Josie was innocent in the case when she was 15 and he is devastated, says horrible things to her, then leaves to join the FBI. A murder occurs shortly afterwards wherein Josie is a witness and her testimony is destroyed because of the outcome of the trial when she was 15.
Two years later Josette, who works as a junior investigator for Simon Hart, the Texas State Attorney General, and Marc , who has returned to the Texas Rangers,are thrown together to investigate the death of Dale Jennings, the person who was convicted in the death of Henry Garner, the same trial in which Josette was a witness. As the story goes back and forth, it is implied that Marc left to join the FBI after the rape trial, then the story indicates that he left after the infortunate incident 2 years before and you are never sure when he did join the FBI. This occurs several times in the story.
More murders occur, a Texas crime boss, is involved as well as Bibb Webb and others. The search is on for a missing ledger which would show who was responsible for the Garner death and provide evidence on the crime boss, Marsh. The ending is predictable.
Another descripancy is the fact that early on in the story, it is noted that Josette has brought only a black and navy suit with her. Then during the story, at the same location, she wears, beige, and peach. Huh? Where did she get those clothes. I don't think anyone proof read this book, hence the discrepancies.