Monday, March 9, 2009

Take Me Two Times-Karen Kendall

Take Me Two Times
Karen Kendall
Signet, Apr 2009, $6.99
ISBN: 9780451226624

Art recovery agent Gwen Davies is proud of receiving her license and excited when ARTemis, Inc assigns her first client to her. Jaworski Labs CEO Quinn Lawson wants her to retrieve a valuable stolen gold Borgia Venetian mask imbedded with jewels and a reputation for a curse. Though anyone but Quinn as her client would have made her first case perfect as he is her ex husband, she conducts her business and proves successful.

However, her euphoria turns to excrement when Quinn informs her she recovered a fake; a brilliant replica but still a fake. The previous CEO Ed Jaworski holds his replacement Quinn accountable so the beleaguered Lawson turns to Gwen for help to extract him out of trouble by finding the real mask. Their inquires take them from Miami to Venice where an unknown adversary with insider information wants them dead and the mask’s curse seems to abet this lethal enemy’s efforts. As their attraction reignites, both know they must unmask the killer or become part of the mask’s deadly legend.

The latest ARTemis romantic suspense thriller (see TAKE ME IF YOU CAN) is a fun tale that takes readers from South Florida to the old canals of Venice. The story line is fast-paced once Quinn realizes his former wife stole a fake and really takes off in Italy. Although recovery is too fast from the various endeavors and injuries, readers will enjoy this second chance at love if the lead pair can stay alive long enough to pursue try number two.

Harriet Klausner

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