Under Cover is a wonderful anthology by just one very talented author, Mary Janice Davidson.
Here is the short review: Go buy this book immediately. Skip lunch if you must, but go buy this book.
Here is the detailed review: The three stories that comprise Under Cover revolve around a cutting edge biotech firm: Anodyne. Luckily for her readers, Ms Davidson doesn't use excessive scientific rhetoric that often results more in the writer showing off how much research was put into writing the book than in illuminating or advancing the story.
The first story, Sweet Strangers, is the story of Anodyne's head of security, Renee Jardin, being accused of stealing the next big thing in cardiac care, PaceIC, which was developed by the IQ (high IQ and/or Ice Queen) Dr Thea Foster. Eric Axelrod is the PI/bounty hunter hired to bring Renee in and she literally runs into his arms. Together they must find out how and why she was framed while escaping his bounty hunter replacement, the talented but burnt out Peter Random. Sweet Strangers has plenty of adventure and romance while not stepping into melodrama.
Which brings me to the next story: Lovely Lies-the melodrama. This story was also great but very different from Sweet Strangers. The stories are so different from each other I suggest you take a break and get a cup of tea when you finish Sweet Strangers, well before you start reading Lovely Lies. Peter Random (remember him) is deeper into burn out months after losing Renee, when he finds a sleeping girl in the backseat of his car. Peter is bright enough to realize this isn't a coincidence and works on both his physical reaction to the heroine, Lori Jamieson (an orphaned heiress no less) and on how to save the day. Did I mention she has an evil stepfamily and he was raised a poor black child in a white man's body, with an over achieving Mama? Add the neighborhood thugs and it should be that Lovely Lies is overdone and silly, but it is to Ms Davidson's credit that the story stays a comedic melodrama and not a maudlin bore.
To end the set is my favorite of the three: Delightful Deception. This final story combines the highly involved storyline style of Lovely Lies with the romance of Sweet Strangers. Dr Thea Foster (remember her) is waiting to see what will happen when the new owner of Anodyne, a genius named Dr. Jimmy Scrye burst into the company saving jobs, profits, and careers while demanding only one thing: faster development of "Faskin", an artificial skin for burn victims. Soon after meeting him, Thea decides to solve her interfering attraction to Jimmy in such a straight forward method you want to laugh out loud-and wish you had her nerve. Jealousy among genius is also worth the price of the book. Delightful Deception was a great way to end a terrific book.
I can't however let any book go by completely unscathed. The use of the names Lori, Thea, Foster was distracting. I couldn't stop thinking "How cute, she put her friends names in the book" (Thea Divine, Lori Foster for those new to erotic romance).