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Closer... by Jo Leigh
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Apr 02, 08

bookshelves: quick-reads, wishlist, mystery-suspense
Read in March, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Although not labeled as such, this is actually the first story in Jo Leigh's 4-book mini-series, In Too Deep... Jo Leigh has authored 42 books over the past 16 years, writing almost exclusively for Harlequin/Silhouette. I never hesitate to pick up one of her books. She has perfected the tight pacing required by a 256-page limit, yet her characters and plots have depth and intensity.

Closer... is a page-turner. Leigh really makes you feel the anxiety, the terror, the desperation that comes from being stalked. Christie Pratchett isn't just scared. She's very much alone. Her employer and friends are threatened, so they're no longer in her life. She has no family to turn to. She's gone months without any human contact. After months of being terrorized, she decides to run as far away as she can. Packing a few belongings, she comes across a phone number her deceased brother gave her in case of an emergency. Knowing it's hopeless, but desperate to reach out to anyone connected to her brother, she calls the number...

Boone Ferguson is living in the shadows. But he cannot ignore a plea for help from his former comrade's sister. He also knows that the best thing he can do for her is to reveal her own strengths and teach her self-reliance. Boone won't allow Christie to be a helpless female. He makes catching the stalker a team effort rather than a rescue.

Closer... is just the beginning. Boone and Christie are united at the end of the story, but now they are both living in the shadows. And once you've read Closer..., you'll want to read Relentless, Release, and Reckoning.

Leigh also wrote several stories in the Harlequin Blaze Men To Do multi-author series. Among them, Truth or Dare is a story I highly recommend.
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