The Lieutenant By Her Side
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Feb 5 2013, $5.50
In New Orleans the man informed fifth grade schoolteacher Clare Fuller that if she is to prove her sister Terry did not commit the murder she is accused of she will do his bidding. He explains she will steal an amulet from US Army Ranger Lieutenant Mark Griggs in exchange for the proof that her sibling is innocent. At the luxurious Pelican Hotel, Clare calling herself Nola cons the heroic soldier but feels guilty for doing so to a warrior recovering from a war injury obtained protecting a child from the Taliban.
However, before she escapes with the amulet, Mark catches her when engine trouble grounded the last ferry off the island. Contrite to his irritated, she tells him the truth. Mark agrees to help her learn what the hidden agenda of the blackmailer is. Though neither trusts the other with good reason, they head to New Orleans to investigate knowing they have nothing to offer to the police. Falling in love leaves both vulnerable.
The Lieutenant By Her Side is a taut investigative romantic suspense headed by the title hero and a beleaguered teacher. Fast-paced from the opening seduction and never slowing down until the final confrontation, readers will enjoy this tense thriller as Mark’s Ranger DNA means protecting even someone he distrusts though to his chagrin desires.