Annie on the Lam: A Christmas Caper
Harlequin Next, Dec 2007, $5.50
Just before they were to exchange I dos, Lance Holcomb decides I don’t. His fiancée forty years old heiress Annie Macy actually feels relieved he jilted her as she had doubts and was going through the ceremony because of her aunt’s efforts to give her quite a bash; albeit garish. Instead of despairing that her biological clock is running out, Annie leaves for New York with a goal to learn more about her late mother who died over two decades ago.
Annie's father loves his daughter and wants her safe. He hires former police detective Joe Brady to keep her safe. While a blizzard shuts down the city, he drives her in a taxi that should never have been able to pass inspection even with a hefty bribe. As they fall in love in the backseat of his somewhat snowbound vehicle in which they generate more heat than the car’s heater, gangsters chase after them with their heaters to insure a case he once worked as a cop remains colder than the weather outside.
This entertaining romantic suspense Christmas Caper is a bit over the top of even Staten Island’s Todt Hill yet in spite of the plausibility factor readers will enjoy Annie’s escapades in dangerous adventures including love. Jennifer Archer provides an improbable tale that is fun to read as Annie although fortyish matures rather quickly while on the lam and especially in the back seat.