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As a huge fan of Julie Garwood I always race out to get her books as soon as they are released and this one was no exception. While much, much better than her last attempt, I still felt it could have been just a little bit more romantic.
Sophie Rose is the daughter of a career criminal, Chicago's own Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and corrupt and giving to the poor. She is has developed an aversion to the FBI, CIA and any other law enforcement agency over the years due to their constant interference in her life. She is also no stranger to threats over the phone, every time her father is mentioned in the news as being involved in something criminal she gets a new string of threats on his life. When she receives a call at work (she's a news reporter for a local paper) threatening her life instead of her father's she doesn't take it all that seriously, but it leaves her spooked. During this she meets Jack McCallister, a handsome FBI agent and partner to Alec Buchanen, her best friend Regan's husband (from the novel "Murder List".) On forced leave he is very attracted to Sophie, until he learns who her father is. Her finds out about the death threats and is torn between wanting to protect Sophie and clinging to his bad boy/independent ways. Investigating the threats on Sophie's life brings them closer together and each character fights their growing attraction until it becomes overwhelming.
I liked the plot, the murder mystery was interesting and I had a hard time putting the book down. It was pretty believable and I liked the characters of Sophie and Jack, but I felt like she didn't spend enough time developing them and their relationship. They seemed to fall in love at an almost unbelievable speed, which always bothers me in a book. The ending was a little bit too forced for me, but overall it was easy to read, not confusing, and a pleasant diversion from all of the crappy television that was on. If you liked "Murder List" you'll most likely enjoy this book as well. I'm really looking forward to Cordie's story if that's what she plans on writing about next.