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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373694881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373694884
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,728,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carla Cassidy lives in the Midwest with her husband, Frank. She's the author of over eighty books and can't think of anything she'd rather do for a living than tell stories.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By octoberwoman on September 17, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lana is a widow, her policeman husband having been killed two years ago. She lives alone with her young daughter, Haley, and makes a living designing jewelry, which she sells at jewelry shows and online. One day two agents come knocking on her door and announce that they need her help. They believe her next door neighbor is a serial killer, and they want to put an undercover agent in her home for clandestine surveillance so they can hopefully gather enough evidence to make an arrest. The undercover agent will pose as her new husband, with a flimsy cover story of having corresponded online for several months before meeting in person and getting married in Vegas. And they give Lana about thirty minutes notice before her fake husband moves in and sets up his camera equipment in her guest room.

Lana is likeable enough. She loves her daughter and someday she would like to marry again, but she is determined not to marry another man like her husband, who everyone revered but who had his flaws, which are revealed to us slowly over the course of the book. Riley is also likeable enough. He's something of a playboy, going from casual encounter to casual encounter, never getting emotionally involved with a woman. Lana is completely not his type, so of course he's surprised to realize he's attracted to her. His banter with Lana is often amusing, making me laugh at times even as I'm thinking what a sleaze he is.

My biggest issue was the child, Haley. She is constantly described as a toddler, but she does not talk or act like one, and I was often distracted by wondering how old she actually is. She's very precocious, but not amusingly so. From the minute Haley meets Riley she begins calling him Daddy, even after Lana reminds her he is not her daddy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma McG on June 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Please do not read this entire review if you don't want spoilers.

The premise of this story sounded so good. An FBI agent moves in with a single mom and her daughter in order to spy on her neighbor who may or may not be a serial killer. Special Agent Riley Kincaid pretends to be Lana Tyler's new husband, but in reality, he's a big-time player with no intention of ever marrying or having children. For the first part of the book, Lana reflects on her late husband, lamenting that she just isn't ready to move on. The reader is led to believe from her thoughts that her husband was a great guy and courageous cop. But suddenly, later in the book, she starts thinking and talking about what a jerk he was. It just made no sense.

The Riley character was hard to like. He came across as such a tool that I really had a nearly impossible time rooting for he and Lana to get together. Their eventual coming together was hasty and out of character for both. I also had a hard time buying the idea of who the killer(s) turned out to be. The murders had seemed so sophisticated, so I really had to suspend my disbelief to buy the ending.

The writing style was abrupt and the dialogue unnatural, and the characters were two-dimensional at best. Will definitely not be reading anything else by this author and would advise other readers to save their money on this one.
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