Suspicious Minds

Kim Cox
Romantic suspense
Available from Amber Quill
February 2003
ISBN 1-59279-086-0

Ryan Donatelli, a New York Times reporter, goes undercover as a stock broker at Southard & Southard in Boston to find his sister's killer. FBI agent Shelley Donatelli was working undercover at the firm when she died in a tragic fire. Ryan, posing as Thomas Randolph, quickly builds a list of suspects: the firm's owner Sam Southard, a goon with suspected mafia connections by the name of DeMarco, Southard's Vice-President Albert Lawrence, and Southard's daughter Natalie. To get him closer to the case, Ryan, posing as Tom, begins dating Natalie. Although she voices her own concerns about DeMarco to Ryan, he can't completely trust Natalie. And she suspects him of working with DeMarco. Neither can help falling in love.

The stakes get higher when Sam Southard is murdered in his own home. As Natalie and Ryan dig around in the company hoping to uncover documents that they discover Southard was keeping on all of his dealings with DeMarco, Ryan realizes that someone is stalking Natalie. Through the entire story, which keeps you on the edge of your seat, you never know who to trust or where the plot will turn next. The suspense builds with murders, fires, kidnappings, and plots that lead Natalie and Ryan into danger and each other's arms. And leads Natalie to discover Ryan's true identity and the lies he had felt forced to tell her. Just when you think nothing else can possibly happen, the couple is thrown into yet another tragic circumstance that tests their love for each other.

Ms. Cox weaves a story with nail-biting excitement and a romance that is fun and refreshing with enough intrigue to keep you guessing right up to the end. I can't wait to read her next offering.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly Sensual

Reviewer: Susan Lanier-Graham
April 18, 2003

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