not my favorite linda howard book. the cia/espionage angle was interesting but thought the two main characters were underdeveloped. marc chastain was a bit old fashioned and kind of an ass at times while karen seemed like a cliched workaholic who doesn't have time for love. it was sort of implausible that they would fall in love so quickly and i really couldn't figure out why they fell in love in the first place. it all wraps ups cleanly at the end though and john medina is introduced. his story sounds like it could be more interesting than this one.