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    Review of THE PREY by Allison Brennan (see her website)

    Ballantine Books, December 2005

    Former FBI agent Rowan Smith, now a bestselling thriller author, is horrified to discover someone is committing copycat murders based on the killings described in her books. Even worse, the killer is taunting her with pieces of her tragic past, a past only a select few know about. Although Rowan feels she can take care of herself, her movie-producer friend and her former employer insist she have a bodyguard. Enter a trio of private-investigator siblings to watch her back; the most intriguing of them an ex-DEA Special Forces undercover all-around macho guy, John, who is determined to pry Rowan's secrets from her while guarding his own.

    I can't say there's anything terribly fresh in this plot. But I kept turning the pages nonetheless. It was well written, well paced, the characters skillfully drawn (though, I have to say, familiar). Fans of gritty romantic suspense, tortured kick-butt heroines and driven alpha heroes will eat this one up with a spoon (and that would be me, I guess!). Sequels are THE HUNT and THE KILL.

    Three Stars

    Reviewed 8/05/06

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