Red on the River

Christine Feehan. Berkley, $28 (448p) ISBN 978-0-593-43913-5

Bestseller Feehan (Murder at Sunrise Lake) fires on all cylinders with this expertly wrought romantic suspense novel. Nurse Vienna Mortenson loves two things: her peaceful, isolated life in California’s Eastern Sierras—and online gambling. After gaining considerable acclaim for her winning strategies, she heads to Las Vegas for a high-profile gambling tournament and comes face to face with Zale Vizzini, the man who broke her heart by ghosting her months earlier. Someone’s been picking off undercover agents investigating billionaire casino owner Daniel Wallin, and Zale, a military operative, is in town to catch the killer. When Vienna beats Wallin at cards, she inadvertently paints a target on her back. Now Zale will do whatever it takes to protect her. Plucky Vienna and mysterious Zale are an explosive combination, and Feehan continually ratchets up the breathless danger and sexual tension. Secondary characters get just as much development; Zale’s partner, Rainier, and Vienna’s brassy friends, Raine and Shabina, are sure to win readers over. This dazzling thrill-ride proves impossible to resist. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (July)
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