Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Dangerous Relations by Marilyn Levinson
Ardin Wesley heads to her hometown when her cousin Suziette is murdered. Suziette leaves behind her husband, Brett, and her young daughter, Leonie. Ardin’s Aunt Julia is named as Leonie’s guardian, but when her health takes a turn for the worst, guardianship falls to Ardin. Ardin is more than happy as she intends to adopt Leonie and take her back to Manhattan where she lives and has a great job as a lawyer. Ardin wasn’t counting on Brett wanting to adopt her too. After all, he’s a step-father and not Leonie’s biological father, but he loves the little girl as if she’s his own. Ardin begins to wonder if uprooting Leonie is such a good idea, especially when she sees how much the girl loves Brett.
Ardin and Brett team up to find Suziette’s murderer and Leonie’s biological father. If they find her father, they have a better chance of adopting the girl. Brett thinks Ardin is helping his case, but it’s not long before he discovers Ardin is planning her own adoption case and plans to take Leonie away. He is furious and feels very betrayed.
Meanwhile, Aunt Julia’s home is hit by an arson and burnt to the ground. Ardin’s own life is being threatened as she continually discovers secrets about her cousin, which may have led to her death and is now putting Ardin’s life in danger.
This is a real page-turner. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the mix of romance and mystery – it was the perfect combination. The characters were realistic and sympathetic (except for the bad guys, of course). The plot kept me thinking until the end. Each one of Marilyn’s stories are well-crafted and her story-telling talents get better and better. I’m looking forward to her next book.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
For reading challenges:
2013 A to Z Reading Challenge
2013 ARC Reading Challenge
2013 EBook Reading Challenge
2013 Romance Reading Challenge
2013 Where Are You Reading? Challenge (New Jersey)