One Dark Wish

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Deadly Force, Bk. 2). Sept. 2019. 448p. ISBN 9781492693925. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492655640. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Historian Sarah Munroe has a lot on her plate. Her career took a downward spiral ever since her work on a colonial-era pirate romance was published before it was ready. She also had to move back to Savannah to help her father, who is suffering from seizures and memory loss. Continuing her research despite her supervisor’s orders against it, she sneaks into a private cemetery hoping to find the grave of a pair of cursed lovers. There, she becomes the target of a crime lord and an assassin, one of whom wants her to uncover the love story, while the other asks her to stop her investigation. Assistance comes in the form of ex-Green Beret Nate Walker. Though he has the same seizures as her father and is about to be sent away for years, he works to help her decode the cipher of a 17th-century map and fiercely protects her from the forces that want her dead.
VERDICT Danger abounds in this steamy second entry in Wray’s “Deadly Force” series (after Every Deep Desire) that is unfortunately marred by too many plot twists, making it difficult even for familiar readers to keep everything straight.
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