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What's a girl to do? Sophisticated urbanite Julia Devaux loves her life. What's not to love? A fabulous job in publishing, wonderful friends, gorgeous apartment, the company of her beautiful though temperamental Siamese cat, Federico Fellini-she's got it made. And then Julia has the bad luck to witness a Mob murder and her life goes straight down the toilet. Under the Witn...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Ellora's Cave (first published September 1st 2004)
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Dina
This was another good book by LMR. I loved both Coop and Julia, even though I didn't understand at first how she fell in love with him since he barely talked to her and, quite frankly, he didn't know what foreplay was - I mean, he knew what it was but just didn't have enough control to dedicate himself to it, LOL.

The thing that bothered me in this book was the amount of scenes dedicated to the villain bent on killing Julia. There were too many of them, to the point that it was annoyingly distrac...more
LibraryLass
This was another dip in the erotica genre for me. Although it is only rated S=sensuous by Ellora's cave, it was quite sufficient for me ;) Only down side for the whole book was the use of the c word. My pet hate. Anyway, unlike other reviewers I liked Sam being the strong silent type (I married one and was fathered by one after all). I thoroughly enjoyed the vulnerability and strength of both Sam and Julie. It was a well written book even though the plot line has been used before. It was enough...more
Ladiibbug
Mar 01, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Fans: Steamy
Romantic Suspense (Steamy) - Stand Alone

A very good story of a young woman whose life is suddenly turned upside down after she witnesses a mob murder. Julia is hurriedly relocated via the Witness Protection Program from big city Boston book editor to a tiny rural Idaho town, where she's now a grade school teacher.

Julia, now known as Sally, is doing pretty well under the circumstances, just trying to keep it together until she can testify and regain her real life. In a moment of panic after hour...more
Kathrynn
I liked this book and thought it had some neatly written passages throughout, but neither Sam nor Julia (Sally) fascinated me. Sam wasn't much of a talker...This book is rated S (Sensuous) by the publisher and, frankly, I've read hotter books in mass market format. I can't even place this in my "Hot" bookshelf. So, if you are looking for a nice romantic suspense (which is where I would categorize this one), you should enjoy it.

There were some similarities to this author's book "Pursuit" written...more
Steffi
I really enjoyed this one. I love Lisa Marie Rice's heroes. They are so in lust with their women and have no problem showing it. There is no hot-and-cold, no lying, just straight out: I want you...very refreshing. Longer review coming soon
Maldivianbookreviewer
Julia Devaux finds herself in the mother of all fixes when she witnesses a mob hit and becomes a valuable witness who could put away the dangerous Joey Capruzzo behind bars for a good long time. However that also means that one seriously rich and pissed off Capruzo is after her pretty little head served on a platter which would mean another failed attempt by the US government to indict him.

A book worm and film buff at the core, though Julia has lived a life of moving from one place to the other...more
MostlyDelores
Feb 11, 2014 MostlyDelores rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Linda Howard fans
3.5 stars. Lisa Marie Rice books have an old-school Linda Howard feel to them and I'm a sucker for that. Big, strong, inarticulate ex-soldier meets delicate, sophisticated editor hiding from evil villains, and within hours he's on her like a stallion on a filly. I'm not even kidding.

A little more heavy-handed than it should be, there's no subtlety here at all, but if you feel like a reading about a damsel in distress rescued by a big, strong hero, it satisfies a craving.
Sandy M
I’d been wanting to read this Lisa Marie Rice book for a while. If I’d had more of this author’s books handy after devouring Pursuit, which she wrote under her pseudonym of Elizabeth Jennings, I would have been reading them too. This woman can write. She pulls you in immediately, gives you characters, especially heroes, you love (at least for me), and a storyline that won’t let go of you until the very last word is read.

Julia is in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a mafia...more
SamJ
11/01/2014 re rated from a 3 star to a 4. I had issues with the start, but since I finished it I have found myself thinking about it and how much I liked it in the end and I shall be trying more books of hers out.


This was my first book by this author.

Have to admit, in the first few pages, I was wondering if I would finish this.

We have Julia Devaux, who witnesses a mob murder.

And what are her concerns upon being told she has to go into the Witness protection programme? The name she has been give...more
Rhapsody
A great read. I think I liked it almost as much as Rice's Midnight Angel. Cultured, east-coaster Julia, after witnessing a mob murder, enters the witness protection plan and ends up as Sally Anderson, a grade school teacher in a dying town in the midwest. Cooper is a former SEAL who now runs a very successful ranch just out of town.

They had chemistry and I really enjoyed their interactions, but I didn't quite feel that sparks were flying. I love dialogue between characters, and Cooper was extre...more
Mareli
What a delicious surprise here! I was in a break from Cindy Gerard, after finished her Bodyguards series and before beginning her BOI series and I got this great book!

The story is simple, Julie, a former editor, had the misfortune to be a witness to a mob execution. They put a 1 million dollar price on her head (after it's separated from the rest of her) and she had to go under witness custody program to be able to live untill the process. She ended in a sort of god-forgotten little town in the...more
Kaetrin
This romantic suspense by Lisa Marie Rice was written in 2004 when email and mobile phones weren’t quite so prevalent and data encryption wasn’t as good as it is now. But, leaving those things aside, this book was a win for me. LMR books have a kind of a crackalicious flavour to me – like those glorious B movies some people love. Julia Devaux witnesses a mob murder and is placed on the Witness Protection Program. Her new name is Sally Anderson and she’s relocated to the tiny town of Simpson, Ida...more
Jane Stewart
3.5 stars. Good erotic romantic suspense. Enjoyable and fun escape, but a few weak plot devices.

STORY BRIEF:
Julia was a city-loving book editor who witnessed a mob murder. Under the Witness Security program she is relocated to a small town in Idaho, working as a 2nd grade teacher. The murderer put out a million dollar contract on her life. Hit men are plotting and searching for her. She meets Sam who breeds horses and is a former SEAL. Julia and Sam are immediately drawn to each other and begin...more
Tina
Still on my LMR kick. I liked this one a lot. It felt different from the other two recent LMR books I recently read (Midnight Man and Dangerous Passion).

For one there was a nice undertone of humor throughout the book. Not yuk-yuk funny or anything, but the main character, Julie's, inner dialogue was great. She is a sophisticated city girl, an editor for a boutique publisher. She is well travelled and well read. She likes her coffee shops, her bookstores, her foreign films and her cat Frederico...more
Wanderlust
Cover & Title - four out of five.
Favorite Character - Cooper.

I have read and enjoyed quite a few books by this author. The sex scenes in them is normally ranging from hot to really hot, I felt a bit let down in this book. I guess the sex was still hot but it wasn't as good as i wanted it to be. Foreplay was an unknown concept that is for sure. Oh and a few references to horses during sex were rather odd but *shrug* Thankfully the story made up for the not the best sex. I surprisingly enjoye...more
AgentScully
I'm posting my review from Amazon from last year:

The plot is excellent and the characters sound like real people not stock cardboard cutouts. Julia is spirited but not dumb. Cooper is hot. There is less sex than you might expect from an erotic romance (some of them seem to be nothing but sex scenes strung together) and that's ok. The identity of the Professional took me by surprise and I had to reread the earlier scenes to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Clever! Lisa Marie Rice is fantastic,...more
Adriboa
Blog Hominhos di Papel - http://adriboa.blogspot.com
Review in English and Portuguese

Gypsy had a nomadic life due to numerous military transfers of her father. Despite the cultural differences, she always took the best in Paris or in Zimbabwe. Has a passport full of stamps and fluency in several languages, which become her a global citizen.

It is an elegant and sophisticated woman. Works as an editor and has literary life that has asked God. How good vivant attends good restaurants, and has like...more
Christina A. Marley
Pretty steamy read. I loved Julia though at time she was too stupid to live, also felt bad that she had to be called Sally. (Don’t get me wrong. I think Sally is a nice name (Mustang Sally, awesome, come on!) but Sally definitely doesn’t fit Julia’s personality.) I didn’t much care for the scenes where the would-be killer is searching for information on Julia but I felt it added somewhat good suspense to the story and it filled the reader in on how the killer got Julia’s information. Although I...more
Kate Sherwood
DNF - I wasn't grabbed by the story (don't believe that someone can be hired as a teacher just b/c she's in the witness protection program without any questions asked, don't believe that a salary of $48K per year was enough to allow the MC the lifestyle she apparently lived in NY, didn't appreciate the many slams on small towns, etc).

Final straw was at 37%, for the first sex scene, when the guy (who's hung like a horse, of course) realizes he's hurting the heroine during sex.

"Fuck," he gritted,...more
Louise
I keep on avoiding Lisa marie rice's book because of its abrupt ending but this book is great I can't resist it...

its when you're on the edge of the story, building up the suspense and then Bam! what???that's it, it just take that to end.damn.ooops...but at least the epilogue hold it wheww that was close..

great characters, I like Julia, she's talkative and charming while Cooper is the exact opposite, that taciturn man haha...

Pamela(AllHoney)
A keeper for me! One of those stories with "the woman hiding from the villain" theme. For whatever reason I love that theme and this book did it right for me. Julia Devaux witnesses a mob hit and ends up in the Witness Protection program as Sally Anderson, in the small Idaho town of Simpson. Enter rancher and former Navy SEAL, Sam Cooper, who has an immediate attraction to the new school teacher in town.
Yona
Loved this one. A perfect start for the new year challenge.

I would have liked 2 more sentences to see what Coop's reaction would be, but this was really one wonderful book.
Kathleen
3.75 stars, rounded up. Absorbing. Suspenseful erotica with a lovely feel-good STORY about a dying community. Some bits at the end bugged me, we spent too much time in the killer's mind, and the sex ... felt exhausting. But I just loved Cooper! (The cover art does NOT do him justice.)
Chilligirl (Heidi)
Had a nice amount of hot steamy sex, suspense and romance..... What more can you ask for .... A HEA - yeah! Got that too.
Pam Godwin
Much like her Midnight books, the story moved quick, packed with action and gun-toting hotties. 'Nough said.
Darcy
I like this author, but for some reason I sort of expected this book to end up on my dnf pile, as older books often do. Instead I really liked it and was charmed by the town and how they all accepted Julia/Sally, and even by the woman herself.

Julia really could have been a bitch, or wallowed when sent to BFE. While she sort of wallowed for a bit, she started to perk up when she allowed herself to start make connections. I liked how Julia was concerned about the town and even started to do things...more
Crystal
More like a 3.5. You know... at the beginning, I didn't hold much hope for this book. The h had all the signs of being too stupid to live. She's a witness to a mob hit, is being given a new ID in the witless protection program (spelling intentional), and she's arguing with the guy. Fortunately, after she gets settled in, she doesn't argue - much.

There were other things though... Our h seemed to have zero survival instincts (I don't count cowering in terror a survival instinct.) After the H found...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Marta C:
*eARC received in exchange for an honest review

Fabulous book!

I haven't read a lot of romantic suspense novels and certainly never one from this author but confess to being blown away by it! I really wasn't that intrigued by the idea of a woman on witness protection acting as a teacher whilst meeting and falling for an ex Navy Seal but boy was I in for a very pleasant surprise!

From their first meeting which was hilarious and involved...more
Farah
Outstanding !!
I loved this book , the plot was grabbing and the characters were real and had depth. The suspense was perfect and the romance was a bit different as the hero's character was unusual.


Julia/Sally was funny , sweet and brave. I liked her character a lot , she's very honest with herself and though the situation defiantly calls for whining ... she held herself together and dealt with everything that was thrown her way. Cooper was really intense , he's a man of few words and isn't re...more
Marta Cox
Fabulous book!
I haven't read a lot of romantic suspense novels and certainly never one from this author but confess to being blown away by it! I really wasn't that intrigued by the idea of a woman on witness protection acting as a teacher whilst meeting and falling for an ex Navy Seal but boy was I in for a very pleasant surprise!
From their first meeting which was hilarious and involved the heroine Julia Devaux hitting Sam Cooper(Coop) over the head with a pumpkin of all things to their very st...more
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“Julia edged closer, wondering what kind of vocabulary dogs understood. Frederico Fellini, her cat, was an intellectual and she could talk about books and films to him, as long as it was after he'd been fed, and fed well. She had the vague notion that dogs preferred football and politics.” 2 likes
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