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Christina Dodd, . . Pocket Star, $6.99 (396pp) ISBN 978-0-7434-5619-7

Bestseller Dodd (Almost Like Being in Love ) delivers a high-octane, blow-out finale to her series chronicling the adventures and reunions of the Prescott sisters, who were separated as children. When up-and-coming TV reporter Kate Montgomery (née Caitlin Prescott) lands a high-paying job in Austin, where she quickly acquires a stalker, she never suspects that a powerful figure is pulling her strings behind the scenes—or that her handsome and deadly new bodyguard, Teague Ramos, will turn her life upside down, both professionally and personally. The stalker is soon nabbed, giving Teague the chance to flee emotional entanglement, but a suspicious death brings Teague and Kate back together in an investigation that will reveal the secrets of Kate's birth, the identity of the person who tore her from her siblings when she was just a baby and the reason one man must keep those secrets quiet at all costs. White-hot action and sizzling sensuality power Dodd's tale from its gripping first chapter to its supremely satisfying finale. While some may find Kate's near-instant realization that she could fall in love with Teague a trifle hard to swallow, the rest of this romantic suspense novel is a delicious concoction that readers will be hard-pressed not to consume in one gulp. Agent, Mel Berger at William Morris. (Apr.)