Comic-book heroine Angelina Avenger battles dastardly criminals and alien invasions. But her creator Marlie Montague's life isn't as exciting...until Marlie opens the front door and finds the business end of a pistol pointed right at her. Her plan: to channel Angelina fast! Recruiting her new next-door neighbor, who looks like a rock-hard action hero, couldn't hurt either...
The last thing Navy secret agent Joel Hunter expected on this surveillance gig was a luscious brunette bursting through his window. Now he and Marlie are blowing the doors off a full-blown conspiracy with more double agents than a Bond flick. But in between shootouts and squealing tires, the mystery that is Marlie is making Joel's heart go thump thump thump. Is she a femme fatale or an endearing bookworm? And how does she leave him both shaken and stirred?
Word Count: 90,000 words.
For Marlie Montague, the heroine of this funny, fast-paced tale from Rita finalist Wilde (Charmed & Dangerous), writing comic books about government conspiracies comes naturally: her whistleblower father was framed by the navy and killed during an alleged escape attempt. Yet Marlie doesn't take the occasional death threat seriously--until an assassin disguised as a UPS deliveryman shows up at her door. Timid Marlie, assisted by the italicized voice of her fearless comic-book alter ego, Angelina, manages to flee to the home of newly arrived neighbor Joel Hunter, a hard-body hunk more than capable of playing bodyguard. Unbeknownst to Marlie, Joel is actually a navy secret agent assigned to watch her; he also holds a key to her traumatic past. Together, the two embark on an odyssey of spy games, daredevil escapes and heavy breathing. Double-crosses and ulterior motives abound, and while emotions never delve more than comic-book deep, readers will be too busy laughing at the shenanigans to mind. (Mar.)
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February 28, 2006
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