Code Name: Cowboy

Reluctant Dad

Her Counterfeit Husband

Reluctant Wife

Rodeo Dad

Strangers When We Married
by Carla Cassidy
(Silh. Int. Mom. #1046, $4.50, PG) ISBN 0-373-27116-6
Seth and Meghan Greene are both SPEAR agents. SPEAR is the covert governmental agency that is at the center of the Silhouette series ‘Year of Loving Dangerously’. Seth and Meghan met when field agent Seth was reassigned to a communications billet while recovering from an injury. They fell instantly into lust, quickly into marriage and bitterly into a divorce when they discovered they were intimate strangers only.

Seth was a principal character in Hero at Large, the last “Year of Loving Dangerously” book by Robyn Amos. Readers will recall the sting orchestrated by SPEAR that was only partially successful. The evil, much sought after Simon escaped with 700 pounds of heroin, although SPEAR did manage to snare the weapons that had been the focus of the first few books.

Needless to say, cash from the sale of this much heroin would buy an even greater stash of weapons. Seth blames himself for the sting gone wrong and starts his personal crusade to find the elusive Simon. Knowing the best way to track Simon is to focus on the drugs, he also realizes that his best bet at this is to enlist the aid of his ex-wife Meaghan and her legendary computer skills.

Seth appears on Meghan’s doorstep in Washington and pleads with her to not only help him but also to let him stay there since he is AWOL from the California R & R SPEAR resort. Reluctantly she agrees to help, knowing full well that this means exposing their fourteen-month-old son Kirk to Seth, contrary to his original agreement that he would never contact either of them again.

From here on out, the story moves pretty much as one would expect. Each is still in love with the other and tries very hard not to show it. Seth discovers the wonder of parenthood and the book moves toward the inevitable scene of “what I did not tell you about how I felt when we separated.”

Cassidy has well developed characters, and her dialogue is up to her usual high standards. Her scenes shift seamlessly and her pacing varies to the point that she sustains reader interest easily. There is a ‘however’ built in here though. Two highly intelligent people suffering two years of angst and heartbreak because they did not mention to each other at the time of separation the reason for their respective positions, seems a weak premise to construct a novel.

If this issue does not bother you, then you will be treated to a warm and fuzzy second chance story, where reconciliation occurs easily and steamily. If this book leaves readers with nothing else, it reemphasizes the value of friendship in marriage.

--Thea Davis

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