The Guardian Angelinos
Roxanne St. Claire
Hachette Book Group/Forever
April 2011/ ISBN 978-0-446-56659-9
by Leslie Halpern
Guardian Angelinos are at it again, protecting the innocent, pursuing
the guilty, and venturing into dangerous places where thieves, kidnappers,
and killers wait for their next victims. In her latest novel, New
York Times best-selling author Roxanne St. Claire provides readers
with Marc Rossi’s story. A former FBI agent whose ex-wife
shockingly turned out to be a hardened criminal, Marc plans to continue
protecting lovely damsels in distress, but has no plans to become
personally involved with another woman anytime soon – if ever.
When Marc gets assigned to bring Devyn Sterling back home to the
United States from Ireland, the job seems easy enough, although
the FBI provides no details about why it so desperately wants the
beautiful widow to leave the country. Only Devyn knows her reasons
for tracking down rogue scientist, Dr. Sharon Greenberg, her biological
mother now working for dark forces on a secret terrorist plot in
Northern Ireland. When Devyn “accidentally” bumps into
Marc in a hotel lobby, their immediate attraction to each other
is probably the only thing genuine about the experience.
In a twisting, turning tale of terrorism that keeps readers guessing
until the final pages, Shiver of Fear continues the adventures
of the Angelino family, introduced in Edge
of Danger. Led by former investigative reporter, Vivi Angelino,
the team of specialists work various security jobs for the dangerous
and the endangered. Although Devyn is presented as a cold-hearted
loner, she remains a sympathetic character throughout the story.
Marc epitomizes the role of protector – strong, brave, intuitive,
and resourceful. He’s also a sensitive lover, which makes
him downright irresistible to the love-starved young widow.
Shiver of Fear combines suspense, mystery, romance, and
a little comedy (involving the lovable Angelino family) into a winning
story that’s relevant for today. While the balance seems a
little tipped in the direction of suspense rather than romance,
readers looking for a strong hero, growing sexual tension, and passionate
encounters shouldn’t be disappointed with this latest addition
to The Guardian Angelino series.