This is my first read by Leslie Parrish. Though her previous trilogy got a lot of buzz, I wasn't in the mood for RS at that time, so I skipped them. If they're half as good as this one was, I'm truly sorry for it now.I had major reservations going in because the heroine is a reporter and we all know I have major reporter issues. But it was almost like Parrish heard all my bitching complaints and customized her reporter to my tastes. She wasn't TSTL, or more interested in advancing her career than anything else. It was very refreshing. There was a really good balance between mystery and romance. They weren't making out when the bad guy was knocking down the door, but I truly believed the development of their romance.