Recently divorced, Gabrielle Hadley is working as a prison guard in Florence, Arizona, to support herself and her two-year-old daughter. Randall Tucker is a prisoner at Florence who has just one goal: to reclaim his seven-year-old son. In the prison's atmosphere of tension and corruption, Gabrielle soon discovers that Randall is far from the murderer he's said to be. When Randall escapes, she follows him. And soon the guard becomes the prisoner's captive...and more.
Novak's latest is an energetic if unlikely tale set in the Arizona desert. Divorced mother Gabrielle Hadley has moved to the small town of Florence to be near her birth mother, whom she hopes to approach for the first time. Unfortunately, taking a guard's job in one of the town's many prisons is her only option for employment. When she witnesses convicted murderer Randall Tucker being savagely beaten without any protection from the other guards, she's torn. Should she speak out against her colleagues' corruption, or stay silent despite Tucker's injuries? Her dilemma intensifies when her police car crashes as she and another officer are attempting to transfer Tucker to another prison. Gabrielle follows the fleeing Tucker into the desert, and amid their fight for survival, she comes to believe in his innocence and acknowledge their mutual attraction. When they finally return to civilization, she agrees to harbor both Tucker and the son he has kidnapped from foster care while he fights to gain his freedom. Novak's story is richly dramatic, with a stark setting that distinguishes it nicely from the lusher worlds of other romances. Sadly, its appeal is badly weakened by inconsistent character motivation and an abrupt, all-too-convenient resolution. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
September 16, 2012
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