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Publisher: Avon / HarperCollins
Release Date: June 29, 2004
ISBN: 0060544767
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Sheila Griffin
Reviewer Notes:  Rated E for explicit sex

I'm No Angel
By Patti Berg

    Angel Devlin realizes that she is being followed. Entering her favorite nightclub, Angel watches to see if he will follow her inside. He does. The sexy stranger strolls up to the bar's piano, and begins to play. Erotically, he strokes the keys. Angel is intrigued.

    Angel is a private investigator. Not only is she fascinated by his good looks and elegant style, she wants to know who this guy is and why he's following her. She gazes into his eyes as she runs her fingers across his muscular chest, skillfully picking his pocket. His wallet reveals only his name. Her computer at home will disclose all that is known about Tom Donovan.

     Angel invites Tom to dance, planning to replace the wallet. She finds herself caught up in Tom's sensual movements. Losing herself in his touch, Angel is stunned when he whispers, "I would have told you anything you wanted to know. You didn't have to pick my pocket."

     She demands to know why he was following her. Tom tells his story. His father was a renowned cat burglar who was killed twenty-six years ago breaking into the home of Holt Hudson. His father died in Tom's four-year-old arms. Tom doesn't believe the official story. Holt was his father's best friend and Tom's godfather. Holt refuses to tell Tom what really happened.

    Tom has been following Angel because she is throwing a charity gala at Holt Hudson's mansion. Tom wants an invitation to the ball. Angel refuses and Tom continues to stalk her around town. Eventually Angel becomes overwhelmed by Tom's sensuality. She finds herself anticipating spending time with him. From there it is only a short step to falling into bed and then falling in love.

    This book is a departure from Patti Berg's previous style. Instead of playful, this book is extremely sexy. Her normal wackiness is replaced with a mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the end. Although not as fun as her previous stories, this is nonetheless a good book