The action starts right at the beginning and doesn't let up. This is another of Pam Richter's books that I was unable to put down and found myself reading until the early hours. A gritty thriller, threaded through with a 'will they, won't they' romance. Ms Richter's characters are always believable, the heroes and heroines likeable and warm, the baddies truly evil. This time the action takes place on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, where the passenger list includes members of a Mafia style family. As always, the author knows her stuff and can't be faulted on her research. She pulls no punches where violence is concerned so this is a novel that could be enjoyed simply as a gritty thriller even without the reader wondering if the two main characters are ever going to get together. The romance is as skilfully handled as the fight sequences; a good read whether you are male or female. Whether you demand the type of action and violence you saw in the Sopranos, or you just want a pacy summer read, you will love this book!