I love books set in New Orleans and this one is no exception. When Tess Shepperd, a dancer, is found murdered in New Orleans French Quarters, attorney Rachel Powers becomes obsessed with finding the killer.
Being low-lawyer-on-the-totem-pole at the prestigious corporate law firm of Williams, Williams, and Castile doesn't really allow Rachel Powers the ability to pick and choose her cases. But when a woman by the name of Tess Shepherd shows up in her office, asking to have Rachel represent her in a custody battle, she has no choice but to turn the case down. She's a corporate attorney, not a family one, and although Tess's story is one of heartbreak-a forced sexual encounter resulting in the birth of twin boys-Rachel doesn't feel that she can properly help her. Not to mention that the alleged father is Logan McCain, heir to the great New Orleans McCain fortune, and that Tess is a dancer from The Fruits of Passion men's club.
Rachel provides Tess with the name of a reputable family lawyer who can represent her against Logan , who has come to gain custody of five-year-old twins Danny and Davy-boys that he claims are rightfully his. Tess leaves Rachel's office reluctantly, recommendation in hand, but never has the chance to contact the other lawyer. Only twenty-four hours later, the dancer is found murdered in the French Quarter, brutally beaten.
Rachel is now obsessed with finding Tess's killer, and her prime suspect is Logan McCain, the man who Tess says took unfair advantage of her after her high-school graduation ceremony and fathered her sons. But there's more to Logan than meets the eye, and when he urges Rachel to turn her investigation in the direction of The Fruits of Passion, she comes face to face with lies, deception, and cover-ups.
As her feelings for Logan head towards romance, and she realizes that Logan was not the man who raped Tess Shepherd and fathered her sons, she's stopped cold when she realizes why exactly Logan showed up on Tess's doorstep, seeking custody of Danny and Davy. With lies shadowing their blooming romance, can Rachel still trust Logan enough to keep her safe from an enemy that she doesn't know? With young Danny and Davy missing, and more dancers employed by The Fruits of Passion ending up beaten and mishandled, everyone seems to be wanting to place Logan in the hot seat. Although Rachel is sure he's not Tess's murderer, she'll have to set her feelings aside for the time being to catch a cold-hearted murderer-before it's too late.
THE GENTLEMAN'S CLUB is an engaging romantic suspense story with an interesting plot that, although there are a few not-so-surprising surprises scattered throughout, is thoroughly enjoyable. Ms. Wayne has penned another winner, one you won't want to overlook.