From bestselling author JoAnn Ross comes the third book in her steamy and suspenseful Stewart Sisters trilogy. Worlds collide when White House correspondent Laurel Stewart arrives in Somersett, South Carolina, to investigate the disappearance of her best friend—the vice president’s protocol advisor—alongside smooth-talking Detective Joe Gannon.
Southern hospitality can kill you...
There’s no escaping the sweltering heat when White House correspondent Laurel Stewart arrives in Somersett, South Carolina, and discovers that her best friend—the vice president’s protocol advisor—has disappeared. As frustrated as she is by Detective Joe Gannon’s skepticism regarding her suspicions, Laurel finds his smooth-talking southern ways and brazen bedroom eyes disturbingly, dangerously, seductive.
With the homicide rate escalating as fast as the mercury, the last thing Joe needs is a stubborn, argumentative reporter—particularly not an outsider from Washington, DC, who triggers a sexual jolt at every encounter—spinning her crazy conspiracy theories. But while he may not entirely believe Laurel Stewart, Joe can’t stop himself from wanting her. Thrown together by necessity, drawn together by passion, Laurel and Joe follow a twisted trail into the darkest corners of the sultry, moss-draped city to uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep.
The final novel in Ross's Stewart Sisters romantic suspense trilogy fails to fulfill the series' original promise, though it's considerably stronger than the lackluster second installment, Out of the Blue. Immediately after Washington political journalist Laurel Stewart is wrongly fired for stealing secrets from the U.S. vice-president, her roommate, Chloe Hollister, goes missing. Concerned, Laurel visits the South Carolina port town where Chloe was last seen. After reporting the disappearance to detective Joe Gannon, she learns that a woman of similar description has died in a suspicious fall from a hotel balcony. The woman turns out not to be Chloe, but Laurel has a sudden psychic episode, which all too conveniently gives Joe his first clues to the woman's death. The two pair up to investigate further and, predictably, they forge a romantic bond in the process. Despite capable prose and pacing, the book lacks the warm family connections and rich Scottish flavor of the trilogy's first installment, Out of the Mist. Further weakened by an obvious villain and several blatant plot contrivances, this unremarkable effort never quite displays the full range of Ross's gifts.