Florida private investigator and ex-cop Ric Alvarado’s life is spiraling out of control. His beautiful new girl Friday, Annie Dugan, is far more interested in fieldwork than filing, and despite Ric’s best efforts to ignore the attraction, sparks are flying between them. Then one of Ric’s clients turns femme fatale and tries to gun down an innocent man. Thanks to quick thinking and even quicker reflexes, Ric comes to the rescue, only to learn he’s done a very good deed for some very bad people.

Suddenly Ric finds himself deep undercover with Annie, working for notorious crime boss Gordon Burns. One mistake from Ric’s painfully inexperienced partner and they’re both dead.

FBI agent Jules Cassidy’s life isn’t in much better shape. For years the FBI has been trying to prove Gordon Burns’s ties to terrorist activity. Now, thanks to Ric and Annie, Jules has found a way into the lion’s den. But in the course of his investigation he comes face-to-face with Robin Chadwick, the charismatic but self-destructive and closeted movie star for whom Jules feels a powerful attraction. Robin’s in town promoting his latest film–and Gordon Burns is a star-struck movie buff.

With Robin and Jules’s help, Ric and Annie are soon entrenched inBurns’s organization, surrounded by killers who may already have executed an FBI infiltrator. Before long the couple realizes that many more lives besides their own will be at stake if they make a false move. As the heat between them reaches dangerous levels, so do the risks they’re willing to take–in the line of duty, for the sake of loyalty, and in the name of something that runs even deeper.

 

I know there was a lot of scuttlebutt about this book, mainly because of the relationship that Jules and Robin have.  Never mind the fact that Ric and Annie’s relationship has just as much importance and impact in the storyline.

Let me start by saying that this book does not describe explicit sex between the two men, rather some kissing and tastefully described sex.  Now, having said that, if, as a reader, you cannot get past the fact that two men can have a relationship that’s evocative and truly heartrending, then this isn’t the book for you.  But, if you want to read about two couples who work through tremendous personal obstacles to be together, not to mention doing that little thing called saving the world, then pick this bad boy up.

As always, Brockmann’s storytelling is fluid and flows so smoothly you’ll be up way past your bedtime without even realizing it.

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