Heat Lightning
Colleen Thompson
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Heat Lightning
Colleen Thompson
Love Spell
369 pages
October 2006
rated 5 of 5 possible stars
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Thompson takes readers on at a white-hot pace in this gut-churning ride of romantic suspense.

Luz Marie Montoya, an antagonistic, outspoken employee of VOP (Voice of Poverty) is being terrorized by an unknown male. He first assaults her in a grocery store parking lot. She knows she has made many enemies while trying to advocate for minorities. Could it be her ex-lover, known to be violent, one of her political adversaries, or some casual acquaintance?

These are the questions to be answered by Investigator Grant Holcomb, who harbors a strong grudge for what he perceives Luz Marie did to his now deceased partner. Static crackles in the air whenever these two meet. After a series of threatening phone messages and a drive-by shooting, they determine to join forces to identify the assailant before something deadly befalls Luz Marie.

The hate crimes escalate as grisly things happen in her apartment, toward her next- Door neighbor and members of her family - including her tomcat, Borracho. These events build layer upon layer of suspense and drama until readers feel the rope tightening around our own throats.

This breathtaking concern for Luz Marie and the other well-developed characters mounts from page to page. The on-again off-again love affair that develops between the victim and the investigator adds an element of surprise to both characters, including misconduct on duty when Grant asks Luz Marie to stay at his house so he can keep a closer watch over her, leading to consequences revealed later in the narrative. Steamy love scenes punctuate this tale, illustrating how their feelings grow toward each other.

This is a thoroughly engaging read that should appeal to a large market, one of those well-written novels often read in one sitting. Thompson is quite accomplished in her technique and her craft. Romantic suspense readers will want to add all of her books to their collections. Best of all, she has another book coming out in the summer of 2007.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Brenda A. Snodgrass, 2006

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