Mattie Sharpe is never late but getting lost on a winding island road that dead-ended in the mountains set her back by two full hours. Nerves already frayed from the delay left her unprepared for what she found at her destination--Paul Cormier slowly bleeding to death on the white marble floor of his pristine mansion. Had she been on schedule, Mattie would have suffered the same fate.
Now she's on the run with the only man who can keep her safe, Hugh Abbot. Trouble is, he's the same man who walked out on her several months ago; the one man she vowed never to see again. Hugh is a man who understands priorities. Getting Mattie safely off the island is at the top of his list. He's got a lot of challenges -- he can deal with a closed airport, a plane in flames and a jungle. But convincing Mattie that she can trust him is the biggest problem of all.
An action-packed plot and a charming heroine who sports her share of modern neuroses may cajole readers into forgiving Krentz ( The Golden Chance ) for a happy ending that's a real clunkerstet/rl : the heroine must give up her home and career so that the hero can keep the life he has built for himself. When Seattle art dealer Mattie Sharpe fell for Hugh Abbott, who occasionally serves as a security advisor for her aunt's company, she decided to risk all for love and begged him to marry her. Hugh caught the next plane out of Seattle. Nearly a year later, on a trip to purchase an antique sword, Mattie is trapped on a tiny Pacific island during a coup. Who appears to rescue her but Hugh, now a wiser man, who knows that in refusing Mattie he tossed aside a gem. However, convincing Mattie of this, and luring her away from her successful career to his island home, is another matter--one complicated by some dangerous unfinished business from Hugh's shadowy past and Mattie's need to affirm her own self-worth as a result of being the only non-artistic member of a highly gifted family.