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Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts
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Mar 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, romance
Read from March 23 to 29, 2011

HOT ROCKS is the first book in a two book series that covers aspects of the same crime but set 50 years apart. The first book, HOT ROCKS, is written by Nora Roberts and the second, BIG JACK, is written by her alter-ego J.D. Robb. The two books originally appeared under one title, ‘Remember When,’ and this is clearly written on the front cover of this volume.

HOT ROCKS is romantic mystery and is set in a small town called Angel Gap in Maryland. Laine Tavish runs an antique store called ‘Remember When.’ The story opens with a man entering her busy shop, pressing his business card in her hand, and insisting she call him later when she says she is too busy to chat with him. As he leaves her shop he is hit by a car, and Laine feeling guilty runs out to comfort the now dying man. He sings her a tune and she realises he is Uncle Willy, an old family friend; his last words to her are "keep the pooch."

Laine is worried her past is about to be revealed after working so hard to start a new life. The daughter of a scam artist, Laine was well on the way of becoming one herself until her mother took her away when she was ten and Laine finally found out that there was more to life than hustling people. It doesn’t take long for her to find out why her Uncle Willy came to town. Diamonds! Max Gannon appears in her life soon after, he is an insurance investigator. There has been a twenty-eight million dollar diamond heist and he believes that it was done by big time criminal Alex Crew, aided and abetted by Laine’s father, Willy and a third man. While Max is prepared for Laine to be ‘the fence’ for the diamonds, what he isn’t prepared for is the instant attraction he feels for her. He is very relieved to find out she is not part of the plot, and the two of them join forces to find the diamonds, give them back to the owners to get her father off the hook and receive the 5% finders fee. The main criminal, Alex Crew, is a total nutcase – his plan was always to get his hands on all the diamonds by killing the other gang members, two are already dead now he just needs to kill Laine’s father – and to do that he needs to get his hands on Laine and lure him in.

I really enjoyed this suspenseful mystery romance; Laine makes a very strong feminine protagonist. While author Nora Roberts does strong female characters very well, this wasn’t her best work. It was still very readable and good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
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