Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kill Me Again by Maggie Shayne

Being the stupid idiot that I am, I mistakenly picked up the second book in Maggie Shayne's romantic suspense trilogy. I lucked out, however, since each book is about a different character and can be read as a standalone.

In Kill Me Again, professor Olivia Dupree is anxiously awaiting the arrival of reclusive author, Aaron Westhaven, who has never before made a public appearance. Having read all his books, Olivia feels as though he through his characters, he is the only one who understands her. She has even gone as far as writing him letters on how she feels.

Shortly before Aaron is scheduled to arrive, Olivia is called to the hospital to talk with a man who was shot in the head and left for dead. Fortunatey, his wound was not fatal due to the metal plate in his head, but he has amnesia and doesn't know who he is. There was nothing in his possession when he was found except a pocket watch and Olivia's business card.

The man Olivia believes to be Westhaven, sneaks out of the hospital, goes to Olivia's in hopes of learning more about her and why he had her card in his wallet, and walks in on an intruder attempting to kill her. He scares the intruder off and now Aaron, Olivia, and her dog Freddy are on the lam and are bonded by the fact that both are running from their killers. Could the man who tried to kill Aaron and now her have any connection to Olivia's past?

I was pretty impressed with Shayne, who mostly publishes in paranormal romance, and her ability to write an engrossing plot line with decent sex scenes. I hope at some point to read the other books in the series.

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