i really liked this book.i do not normally like romance books but this book had such an excellent plot that the romance hardly got in the way. extremely well conceived plot- i read alot of mysteries and this one kept me guessing til the end
Claire Laurent was a women who embodied all of New Orleans sultry paradoxes:beauty mixed with a mysterious elusiveness, a vibrant zest for living shadowed by secrets and hidden passions.Yet she had fought hard to make her fabulous lingerie mail order business,French Silk,into a worldwide success. Now, the three deadly bullets that killed a tv evangelist could snatch everything away from her,even her life.
Was the killer Claire?? Destrict Attourny Robert Cassidy knew she was daming herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he felt powerful emotions drawing him into her world adn her very soul.But neither Cassidys love nor her protests of innocence could save Claire unless she revealed a shocking truth -a revelation of sins and shame she had vowed to take to the grave.
Set in New Orleans in the 1990s, this mystery/romance has it all -- an exciting venue, a mysterious murder, a controversy (corrupt televangelists), sex and romance. The heroine is compelling, and her love interest is passionate. I thought I knew 'who done it,' but a twist at the end surprised me! This is a fun read by one of the best authors of the contemporary mystery/romance genre.
Claire Laurent will fight hard to make her mail-order lingerie company, French Silk, a world-famous success. Brought up in New Orleans' French Quarter by her sweet but mentally distracted mother and an eccentric aunt, Claire is a Southern mix of gentility, iron will, fierce loyalties, and hidden fears. Then when a TV evangelist attacks French Silk's erotic-fantasy sleepwear as sinful and vows to ruin the company, she faces losing everything that matters to her, and naturally becomes the state's prime suspect of the preacher's grisly murder.
Entangled in the case is hard-driving D.A. Robert Cassidy, who is falling in love with Claire even as he is increasingly convinced of her guilt... Yasmine, the gorgeous model who puts French Silk in the spotlight while placing herself in a compromising position with a married man... Josh, the evangelist's bitter grownup son who has been getting even by sleeping with his daddy's young, pretty wife... and Ariel, his new stepmother herself, whose big blue eyes shed poignant tears for her dead husband even as she schemes to take over his TV ministry.
Drawn deeper and deeper into incriminating lies, Claire would become a desperate woman. In the grand old Fairmont Hotel, in the shady streets of the Quarter, and in a secluded rendezvous, she was keeping secrets and evading questions to which she dared not give answers. Cassidy was determined to discover why, and yet protect Claire in the process. But the chilling truth Claire worked so hard to hide and how far Cassidy would go to shield her are just two of the shockers in the startling climax of this edge-of-the-seat tale of love and suspense.
Claire Laurent was a woman who embodied all of New Orlean's sultry paradoxes: beauty mixed with a mysterious elusiveness, a vibrant zest for living shadowed by secrets and hidden passions. Yet she had fought hard to make her fabulous lingerie mail order business, French Silk, into a worldwide success. Now, the three deadly bullets that killed a TV evangelist could snatch everything away from her, even her life.