by Mallory Kane
Category: Fiction / Mystery
251 pages; ISBN: 0373227388
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Harlequin Intrigue, Nov 2003, $4.75, 251 pp.
The stalker seems to be able to do anything he wants to Holly Frasier no matter what safeguard she employs. He kills those she loves with three dead in her hometown of Maze, Mississippi and he knows her every move. He silently enters her house without leaving any incriminating evidence except what he wants left behind. The culprit steals anything that Holly cherishes while also leaving her disturbing poetry of adulation insisting that she belongs to him and notes signed "Forever, Yours."
Desperate for the offender to be stopped before the perpetrator kills her as she expects, Holly agrees to what seems to her is a harebrained scheme. She will pretend to be married to FBI agent Jack “Ice Man” O'Hara. However, not long after they begin their sham of a marriage, Jack and Holly fall in love, but so far the wrongdoer continues his unabated terror campaign with Jack now being a target of his ire as just the latest person she loves that he must destroy.
Title aside, fans of taut romantic intrigue with a strong accent on the suspense will immensely enjoy BODYGUARD/HUSBAND. The lead couple is a delightful pair struggling to survive against a clever murderer while falling in love with one another. The transformation of Jack from frozen heart to loving protector is realistic and quite thrilling to observe. The story line is loaded with action and though the killer is obvious from even before the beginning, Mallory Kane provides a strong police procedural romantic suspense that never slows down until the final confrontation.
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