Get swept up in the heart-pounding action and romance of this classic novel by New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers.
Three years after the sudden death of her husband, Lucy Blacker Swift has finally got things under control. Leaving behind the cutthroat world of Washington, Lucy and her two children move to a Vermont farmhouse and start to rebuild their lives. But a string of unexplained events—late-night hang-ups, a bullet through a window—threatens her new life.
Unwilling to turn to her powerful father-in-law, Senator Jack Swift, Lucy tracks down Sebastian Redwing, an international security expert her late husband asked her to contact if she ever needed help. Sebastian, though, wants nothing to do with her problems…or with a woman he’s been half in love with since her wedding day.
But Sebastian knows he has no choice, and reluctantly he becomes drawn with Lucy into a dangerous tangle of blackmail, vengeance and betrayal, with Lucy’s powerful family—and Sebastian’s troubled past—smack in the middle.
Originally published in 2000
Three years ago, Lucy Blacker Swift, a young widow with two children, relocated to rural Vermont from Washington, D.C., after the sudden death of her husband, Colin. She has finally got her life back together and now runs a successful adventure travel company. When a series of strange accidents threatens her idyllic life, Lucy has a difficult time keeping her powerful father-in-law, Senator Jack Swift, from interfering. Looking for help, Lucy turns to Sebastian Redwing, an international security expert and an old friend of Colin's. Sebastian has been secretly in love with Lucy for years and wants to avoid temptation, but he had promised Colin that he would take care of Lucy. Jack's long-suffering personal assistant, Barbara Allen, has always resented Lucy, so when Jack rebuffs her declaration of love, Barbara teams up with notorious criminal Darren Mowery to blackmail the senator to seek her revenge. Thrown into close proximity, Lucy and Sebastian find they can't resist their feelings for each other. Ultimately, Neggers's (On Fire) depiction of the chemistry between the two lovers is more engaging than her development of the novel's mystery elements.