Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Wednesday Random Recommendation (23)
London photographer Olivia FitzDurham gets what seems to be a plum assignment. She has been hired by an interior decorator who is doing a feature for a trendy magazine on the remodeling of a home in Notting Hill. Olivia's glee is short-lived, however, when a man claiming to be from the magazine contacts her, offering a kill fee in return for the negatives and all copies of the shots she has taken. At first Olivia agrees, but then, thinking it an odd offer, she calls the magazine back, only to discover that they were not the ones who contacted her. After a hair-raising episode in the subway with the man who did contact her, Olivia fears the term "kill fee" may be taken more literally than she would like.
Back in New York, police detective Aiden Flynn is house-sitting for his fellow copper, Ryan Hill. Never a big fan of Ryan's, Aiden can't resist snooping in the guy's email, where he discovers some curious exchanges with a London woman named Olivia. It seems that Hill has been leading the woman on, pretending to be someone he's not and encouraging her confidences, calling himself Sam and claiming to be an FBI agent. When Aiden reads a new email from Olivia describing the funny business with the photos and her idea of fleeing London, he decides to take over and impersonate Ryan's character himself.
Fearing for her life and knowing her pictures contain something that someone wants very badly, Olivia heads for New York City and the person she thinks is her Internet friend, Sam, who has promised to help and protect her. It is actually Aiden who meets her, and while he isn't sure just what is going on, he has gleaned enough to know that Ryan is up to no good. Aiden's subterfuge as Sam doesn't last long, and once Ryan realizes he's been duped, he frames Aiden and sets out after him and Olivia, intent on killing them both. By the time Olivia learns the truth, she and Aiden are on the run from several killers as well as the law, and their close quarters and dire circumstances serve as sparks to ignite a fire of passion between them.
First published in 2001, Stella Cameron is an incredible writer and although I read this book when it was first released, the characters are still floating around in my mind today. I’ve been thinking a lot about this book lately and how I seriously want to read it again! I love the way Stella writes page after page of engaging suspense throughout this novel, her characters are memorable, Aiden and Olivia are the perfect match and I’ll never forget the ripped skirt scene and his chivalrous attempts to stave off her embarrassment.
I invite and welcome anyone interested in participating to post their own "Random Recommendation" (original post) on their blog (and include a link back to this blog) and join in the fun! Some books might not be very recent reads, but I hope that just helps these (sometimes forgotten) books earn a spot on your own bookshelf!