Attorney Clare Westbrook finds herself besieged by trouble from all sides. First, thereís her greedy boss, who practically holds her indentured to his firm in return for past favors while giving her crappy cases where sheís forced to defend patently guilty people. Itís this very fact thatís caused a split between Clare and her boyfriend, the sexy Detective Tony Sonterra. Even after someone murders her boss, Clare finds she canít get off the hook. Soon it becomes obvious that the murdererís true target is Clare herself, and before she knows it, Tonyís back in her chaotic life being his usual overbearing and protective self.
But her troubles donít end there. Her brother-in-law James comes out on parole demanding to see his daughter, the young and impressionable Emma, whom Clare has lovingly brought up. Having always suspected James of murdering her sister, Clare is reluctant to do this even as Emma feels ambivalent over the whole situation. Dealing with chat-room stalkers and unexpected secrets from the past while trying to solve her sisterís murder as well as get evidence to prove her latest scumbag client innocent, Clare has a lot on her plate with not just one but two villains out to kill her. Can Tony and the witchy Mrs. Kravinskyís magic be enough to keep this troubled lawyer alive?
With its fast pace, intriguing characters, and suspense galore, this Linda Lael Miller novel heralds a must-read Look book series guaranteed to delight readers. The troubles besieging hard-boiled attorney Clare Westbrook are many, and how this smart-mouthed, independent lady deals with it, at times with humor, at times with unparalleled courage, and often single-handedly, makes for a very tense and immensely absorbing story.
Detective Tony Sonterra is by turns sexy and arrogant, and his tough-boy attitude is endearingly at odds with his gruff concern for Clare. Together, their passion as well as their acrimonious fights are scorching and make for some rather interesting scenes. Other side characters, such as the witchy Mrs. Kravinsky and teenager Emma, contribute to the general drama and mayhem. There are various subplots and the mysteries are many, but Miller very neatly brings them all together at the end, leaving the readers satisfied for having read the story. Overall, Miller gives the readers a novel thatís both profound, in-depth and very spirited.