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Friday, February 5, 2010

Marshall’s Law by Denise A. Agnew

Marshall’s Law by Denise A. Agnew
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (236 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

With ghosts like these, who needs TAPS?

If Dana Cummings was inclined to list the best ways to meet men, having one arrest her for burglary—during a tornado, no less—wouldn’t be in the top ten. Dating isn’t high on her agenda, period. She’s sworn to never again fall for know-it-all men with fiery gazes and devastating smiles.

Besides, she’s only in Wyoming to help her eccentric aunt find out if horny ghosts really do haunt the family bed. And hopefully bust a hellacious case of writer’s block. Extracurricular activity with a gruff, hunky lawman is off limits, even if he does fire her libido.

Witnessing too much of life’s seedy side led Brennan Marshall to live by three simple rules: work hard, play hard, and never fall for a sweet-faced female with a witty tongue and snappy comebacks. Especially the ones with a dollop of vulnerability—like Dana. But their razor-sharp sexual tension cuts right through his defenses and leads them on a dangerous journey.

One that will test the limits of their beliefs—and could cost their lives.

When I think of Marshall’s Law, I think of desire, mystery, and a little bit of ghost hanky-panky. This book is a romance lover’s delight that offers a little something extra, and the twists and turns along the way make for an exciting and unforgettable ride.

The beginning of the story is as wild and unexpected as the tornado that descends on our protagonists and introduces the reader to a flirtatious, yet unconventional, attraction. From the minute you meet Dana and Marshall, the sparks ignite, and you know you’ve got your hands on something good. They bicker in a way only those drawn to one another can, and it makes the sexual tension so thick you can slice it, stack it, and create your own romanticized version of Jenga. Of course, they also have past heartaches which add just enough conflict and drama. While both want each other, they refuse to admit it and give in to temptation. The result is something that makes your heart race and your palms sweat. Sex is all well and good, but man-oh-man, drawing it out and making the reader wait is the icing on the cake.

The unforeseen twist at the story’s conclusion might be obvious to some, but it still managed to catch me off guard. While I knew the person responsible for all the attacks on Dana had to be someone close, I didn’t figure it out until I was slapped in the face with a did-you-see-that-coming whammy. Ms. Agnew is a wonderful story teller, and manages to combine varying elements in a seamless harmony. You get ghosts, you get danger, and you get a hero and heroine who will make you laugh, groan, and when the heat sets in, pant and wriggle like a worm on a hook.

Fans of a fast-paced romance with smidgens of suspense, mystery, and a must have dose of humor will love Marshall’s Law. The writing is stellar, the plot is fantastic, and the dialogue is both witty and memorable.