Friday, December 11, 2009

Stolen Seduction-Elisabeth Naughton

Stolen Seduction
Elisabeth Naughton
Love Spell, Jan 2010, $6.99
ISBN 9780505527950

With the murders of her father and her cousin, police officer Hailey Roarke has become the prime suspect as she has the motive of inheritence. Ironically Hailey became a cop because she preferred law enforcement over the profitable family business. However, now Hailey races against the real killer trying to solve the riddle of the six statues in order to control Roarke Resorts. Thus she breaks into the home of her late cousin to steal a bronze statue.

Detective Shane Maxwell is assigned the two homicide cases. He and Hailey met at his sister's wedding and he was instantly attracted to her. Although he knows she might have killed her cousin and even her father, Shane risks his career and perhaps his life to help her solve her father’s puzzler and prove her innocence.

The third Stolen thriller (see Fury and Heat) is once again more an action investigative tale than a romance as the lead couple focuses on the inquiry more than their attraction. This makes the tale work as it did in Stolen Heat although as previous the romance is powerful while enhancing the whodunit. Fans will enjoy the efforts of Hailey and Shane as they fall in love while he decides between arresting her for murder and making love with her.

Harriet Klausner