Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2005)
If you've ever read Janelle's "Wilde" books, then you know Mia and Cam have been dancing around each other for quite some time. Mia truly is a wild child, looking for excitement and drama, always trying to shock Cameron out of his conservative socks. And Cam is reluctantly attracted to the dark-haired beauty he knows is nothing but trouble. Yet no other woman has him tied up in knots like this one, and as much as he tries to stay away, he knows he can't. Not only does he work with her family, he feels rather protective of this recklessly, fun-loving woman.
Now Mia is in trouble; someone is sending her threatening mail, and rather than share this with her family, she decides to enlist Cam's help. Knowing he'll keep it quiet so that her overprotective family doesn't try to smother her like they have in the past, Mia also knows she's playing with fire, only in this case, she wants to get burned. Cam is smart and sexy, if a little too reserved, and she wants to be the one to crack that tough shell of his, no matter what it takes. He excites her like no other man, and while she knows he disapproves of her wild ways, she also has a feeling he can't resist them.
Cam knows he's in trouble when he agrees to help the luscious brunette by tracking down her stalker. He doesn't want to want her, knowing that a relationship between the two of them is impossible, but the vibrant live wire arouses him hotter than he can handle, and soon he decides he's tired of fighting his strong attraction to her and proposes that they have a hot and heavy affair for as long as he's searching for her stalker. By then, he should have her out of his system and ready to move on to a more serious relationship. Of course Cam doesn't count on discovering the intelligent, compassionate and artistic woman beneath all that leopard print, nor does he realize that the more he's around Mia, the more likely it is he'll fall in love....
Mia figures that Cam is just like all other men, just a little more of a challenge. Once she sleeps with him, she's sure she'll get him out of her system. Mia is an expert at pushing people away, and she finds it exasperating that Cam refuses to stay out of her business. No other man has tried to get to know her like he has, and no other man has ever had her thinking of a long-term relationship. But Cam is special, and he breaks past through her defenses to discover the secrets she's kept to herself, and once he uncovers them, she knows her heart isn't safe. But what will happen when the case ends and it's time to go their separate ways?
I'd forgotten how much I enjoy Janelle Denison's writing. I've discovered so many new authors lately and have added a ton of new books to my tbr pile that I forget what it's like to read some of my old favorites, and sadly, Janelle turned into one of the ones I've put aside for a short while. Why, I don't know, because I've loved every story I've ever read of hers.