When air force captain Luke Trussell opens his door one Sunday morning, he's shocked to find the police--and even more shocked when they charge him with rape. He knows he made a mistake in judgment the night before, but he certainly didn't force his attentions on the woman who's been stalking him for months. Problem is...Karina Harter has the bruises--and the DNA evidence--to make her claim convincing. Determined to isolate Luke, Karina goes to victims' rights advocate Ava Bixby of The Last Stand, hoping Ava will help put Luke behind bars. But Ava soon realizes she's defending the wrong victim. Problem is...switching her support to Luke could be dangerous--especially when she falls for him. Because Karina won't tolerate losing the man she wants to anyone. Least of all Ava...
Supposed rape victim Kalyna Harter seeks help from victim's rights advocate Ava Bixby in prosecuting air force captain Luke Trussell. Then Ava realizes that Luke is being set up and things are a lot more dangerous, especially since the mentally unbalanced Kalyna is not about to let Luke off the hook. The romance that develops between Luke and Ava adds to the threat. VERDICT Gripping, frightening, and intense, this realistic story highlights the unbelievable difficulty of defending against a false accusation, delivers a compelling romance as well as a riveting and suspenseful mystery, and is second in Novak's trilogy that focuses on the victim's rights organization, the Last Stand. Novak (The Perfect Liar), who lives in the Sacramento, CA, area, delivers another winner. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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September 01, 2009
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