Penny Price dreads the sound of her ringing phone. She's convinced that the person barraging her with threatening calls is a man who got away with murder--her father's. Armed with evidence but branded a target, Penny's only salvation is the playboy nextdoor--Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Joe Montgomery. The sole survivor of the worst disaster in Special Forces history, Joe has been drowning his guilt in a potent mix of alcohol and isolation. Penny refuses to indulge his behavior and a tentative friendship begins, charged with desire. But as her father's killer sets his sights on Penny, all bets are off. The killer will do anything to protect his identity and Joe fears Penny is...NEXT TO DIE.
Back in America following a disastrous mission in Afghanistan, lone survivor Cmdr. Joe Montgomery lives in a whiskey-induced haze, consumed with guilt over the death of his men. His neighbor, navy physical therapist Penny Price, helps him heal both mentally and physically, but she has demons of her own namely Eric Tomlinson, former business partner of her murdered father. She's been receiving threatening phone calls she believes are tied to Tomlinson, and soon the unknown assailant makes Penny and her sister, Lia, his targets. Joe, looking for redemption, throws himself headfirst into the mystery, discovering love with Penny along the way. The latest in Melton's Navy SEALS series (after Time to Run) features a romance that sizzles, and a subplot involving Lia's own special SEAL works well. Unfortunately, Melton's mystery doesn't maintain the kind of suspense that keeps readers hunting for clues.