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Friday, May 15, 2009

Watch Over Me by Gail R. Delaney

Watch Over Me by Gail R. Delaney
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (127 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Ten years ago, Donovan Greer lost everything. Since then, he has lived only for his work. He wants to feel nothing and need no one. And it works, until he is sent to New York City to protect Olivia Weston from a sociopath dubbed The Broadway Killer.

Olivia Weston's life and career has been micromanaged by her overbearing father her entire life. Then she meets Donovan Greer. Donovan puts decision into her hands and treats her like a woman, and not a commodity. He makes her fall in love with him, whether it was his intention or not.

Her beauty and grace would be easy enough for Donovan to ignore - if Olivia didn't want him as much as he denies he wants her. He knows it's not smart, and tries every excuse he can to dissuade her - including their 14 year age difference. It's been a long time since he let his heart feel anything, but once it does, it's impossible to ignore.

When danger stalks the shadows, and her life is in his hands, he wonders if he is capable of loving her and protecting her.

"Watch Over Me" is an engaging mystery because of the characters that inhabit it. Someone is murdering Broadway starlets and Olivia Weston looks to be the next victim. Donovan Greer is the FBI agent assigned to protect her. From the opening page, I was riveted by this book’s characters, and not just the protagonists. Even minor characters are skillfully portrayed, and they do much to deepen the story’s suspense.

Fueled by fast paced prose, this one’s hard to put down for the first hundred pages. My only objection, albeit minor, is a midpoint hitch in the plot flow that slows the story over mainly professional reservations Donovan feels for the romance that is overtaking him and Olivia. Fortunately, the slowdown is brief and the story sweeps us onward to a denouement few will decipher ahead of time. "Watch Over Me" is a story of complex romantic chemistry between characters you will not soon forget.