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After witnessing a murder, Peyton Delaney is on the run from the mob and looking for protection–disguised as a hooker. She has no idea who to trust anymore, especially when the detective who was supposed to keep her safe is shot and she discovers it was an inside job. Now, at the detective’s insistence, she must find his best friend and beg for the man’s help. But how can she be sure she can trust this man?
Ex-cop Reeve Sinclair has no room in his life for a woman like Peyton, yet he agrees to babysit her as a favor to a friend. Reeve soon finds he has more trouble than dodging bullets; he’s actually fallen in love with a hooker, or so he thinks.
Peyton Delaney has relocated from a small Iowa community to the Big Apple to help women and girls who are in trouble. She never expects to get involved with the Mob. When she walks into her church right after a murder has been committed she finds herself running for her life. Disguised as a hooker she finds life can be vicious for anyone who looks different. Reeve Sinclair quit the police force to raise his young son after his wife died. Hookers are some of his least favorite people. Called on to protect Peyton the two both find their eyes opened and their lives changing in unexpected ways.
Debby Conrad pens a great suspense with imperfect characters who seem totally human with all their frailties. Peyton’s positive outlook on life and people has to change as well as Reeve’s more negative expectations. The process if often fun and funny in the midst of spine tingling suspense. The Mob never gives up. Sonny Donatelli isn’t one to let his love for family stand in the way of having his word be law. Anyone who crosses him takes the risk of wearing cement boots at the bottom of the ocean.
It’s so easy to form an attachment to Ms. Conrad’s characters, even the bad guys at times. There’s some excellent dialogue as well as scenarios that make them come alive. When the people act out of character it’s sometimes hilarious even though it never detracts from the suspense or the action. I really like the way this author builds all parts of her tale into a whole novel that leaves me wanting to read more of her work.
— Dee Dailey, for The Romance Studio