From Publishers Weekly
A sequel to Patricia Rice's Almost Perfect, McCloud's Woman throws together TJ McCloud, a callous forensic anthropologist, and flashy movie producer Mara Simon, but inconsistent character development and an overstuffed plot prevent sparks from flaring between the two. Mara's film crew needs access to an ocean site, but TJ's dig site stands in the way. Hoping TJ will give her a break since he used to be friends with her deceased older brother, Mara appeals to him only to be rebuffed. The two eventually fall in lust with each other, but several obstacles stand in their way-including TJ's guilt over Mara's brother's death and his potential involvement in a war crime scandal. The protagonists frequently push each other away and come together again, but Rice gives readers little reason to care for her characters, let alone cheer for their happy ending.
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Forensic anthropologist T. J. McCloud has spent a decade traveling from one exotic locale to the next, so when his brother asks him to come to South Carolina to examine some bones buried on his beachfront property, T. J. readily agrees. Completely engrossed in work, he barely notices the women there until someone unrecognizable arrives from his past. Mara Simon is a glamorous and confident Hollywood producer, a far cry from her years as Patsy Simonetti, the shy, geeky little sister of T. J.'s best childhood friend who once caught his heart. She's there to shoot a film on the very beach property T. J. is excavating, and when T. J. refuses to compromise his site, the two start a war that doesn't end until they're in each other's arms. Then T. J. begins to receive ominous warnings to quit digging into the past and to leave town. Unsure of whether he can trust Mara, T. J. must decide whether to follow his heart. The second in Rice's trilogy about the McCloud brothers is intriguing and passionate. Megan KalanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved