Dutton (August 7, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 368 pages
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
The “Pips” are a group of four young girls Olivia MacKenzie, Samantha Pearson, Jane Weston, and Collins Davenport, that bonded while locked in a hospital for an experimental program for a disease that so far no drug could conquer. Their veins were pumped with poison and had excruciating pain for days after each infusion.
The story then jumps twelve years into the future where the “Pips” are young women in remission. They have all moved on but are heavily weighed down by the isolation they had endured and the fear the disease will return.
Olivia is an attorney who works for the IRS. She is determined to bring down a Ponzi scheme that has stolen millions from unsuspecting people. This is personal for her and even when she realizes her life is danger she doesn’t back down.
Enter FBI Agent Grayson Kincaid. Together they make an excellent team to uncover the whole story of corruption Olivia has been chasing. The added distraction that they are crazy about each other is a battle they are both trying to set aside until justice is served but is not easy. When they get within a few feet of each other you can just feel the heat. They need to keep themselves in control or they could both get burned.
It has been awhile since I have escaped into a Julie Garwood novel. When this one arrived I moved it to the top of my reading list. I am glad I did. It is a fantastic story.
The suspense and the romance are blended perfectly. The plot is so relevant today. The romance is steamy and the mystery is masterfully detailed.
I loved the relationship between Olivia and her aunt Emma. Glad that Olivia had someone in her corner. Her immediate family was so dysfunctional. Her mother and sister were just blind to everything happening right in front of them. They were like “Stepford Wives” – absolutely mindless. It makes you understand why Olivia isolated away grew up to be an amazingly smart and independent woman. A woman who spent her spare time fighting for the rights of children and protecting children in dangerous home situations.
Grayson was the typical hunky male you read about in most romance novels but has an interesting back story as well. Assuming care for his ailing father, taking in his young nephew because his brother couldn’t cope with taking care of his own son, comfortable among the rich and famous, FBI Agent Extraordinaire, a Batmobile in his garage. O.K. he drives a “Beemer” but you get the idea.
Together they made an awesome team.
This was Olivia’s story. At the end it looked as if Grayson’s partner Ronan and Collins were going to get together. Is there a sequel in the works with their story? I sure hope so!!!
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