Secrets Never DieAlex Aaro has spent most of his life on the run from his Ukrainian mafia family. But when he learns that crazy Aunt Tonya, the only relative who ever gave a damn about him, is dying, he risks returning home to say goodbye. He's prepared for anything except the call from his friend, Bruno Ranieri, that sends him on a wild and dangerous ride with a mysterious woman who holds a deadly secret and a white hot passion that binds them together. Social worker Nina Christie has no idea how much trouble she's in when her Aunt Helga shows up bleeding at her shelter, babbling in Ukrainian--and with one inexplicable act thrusts Nina into the heart of a nightmare. Now a ruthless crime syndicate will stop at nothing to make Nina disappear, and only Alex Aaro, that inscrutable six-foot-four rock hard slab of lean muscle, stands between her and certain death. Now Nina and Alex are in a race against time, death, and their desire for one another.
Bestseller McKenna tantalizes the reader with the ninth McCloud Brothers romantic suspense novel (after Blood and Fire). Nina Christie, a McCloud family friend, is attacked on a New York Street by an older Ukrainian acquaintance, who injects her with a mind-altering drug and records a distorted message on Nina's cellphone. Another McCloud friend, former Army ranger Alex Aaro, lands in New York City, hoping to visit his dying aunt without alerting his estranged Russian mob family. He has no time to translate the message for the McClouds and only goes to help Nina when four thugs sent by the mind-controlling villain track her down. The drug allows Nina to hear thoughts of those around her, but the translated message says she must find the antidote in three days or she will die. Well-developed main characters and a complicated, fast-paced plot help the book, but repetitive elements of mind-control, goon squads, and predictable sex scenes do little to distinguish this installment from others in the series. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 25, 2012
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