Her hero is an American expatriate living in Mexico, a social recluse/artist/beach bum, who finds himself sucked into helping out a biologist turned government agent when her partner/pretend husband takes ill. A more unlikely pair you'll never see. . .but watching the jaded McCall's defenses crumble under the pressure of Ellie's fervent determination to set at least part of the world to rights is an absolute delight. Ellie is idealistic but not naive; McCall is crusty without being obnoxious. If you like a touch of suspense and danger in your stories, but are looking for something a bit different -- and for a romance that, even within the parameters of a short time frame, still doesn't seem rushed or based solely on physical attraction.
When agent Ellie Lanagan's "husband" was suddenly taken ill, she knew she needed a replacement, pronto. The least likely candidate for the job: seeming drifter McCall--no last name, just McCall--who had saved her neck three times already. So should she offer her...hero the chance to save her from the enemy? Or was he the enemy?
Obviously McCall had a soft spot for the pretty tourist he called Cinnamon, but she was driving him crazy in more ways than one. Who was she, really? An innocent, married woman with incredibly poor judgment? Or part of the biggest scam this side of the Caribbean? And getting involved with her, would he win up in jail? Or in her arms?