about her job,Twyla Harper tells acquaintances and
one-night-stands that she’s in Acquisitions. In reality,
she’s a sophisticated thief with morals. Her clients range
from insurance agents to rich men looking for revenge.
Unfortunately for her, Nicholas Coultrain is neither.
Coultrain, a former Marine, owns Coultrain Inc, a security
installation firm. Not only is his best client, Roland
Mercury, robbed, but the police and Roland think it’s an
inside job. That leaves Nick nearly bankrupt and clients
deserting him like rats jumping a sinking ship. In
desperation, he attempts to find out who cracked the safe.
His snooping leads him not only to Twyla, but into Twyla’s
problem? Twyla didn’t steal the necklace lifted from Roland
Mercury. But in order to catch a thief, sometimes you have
to be one.
say much more without spoiling a good chunk of the plot, but
suffice to say, Morgan Ashbury has managed to craft a very
rare ménage: a well written short story accompanied by
steamy sex and a plausible uncontrived plot. Twyla and Nick
(despite the Marine he-man reference--why can’t tax
accountants become security specialists?) come across as
sensible (for their line of work) human beings who don’t do
stupid things just to further the plot.
Having picked up book two without reading book one or three,
I can say Ms. Ashbury has convinced me to search out book
one and keep my eyes open for book three. The reader is not
inundated with back story nor bombarded with hints of the
next story to come. My only gripe is that the villains come
across as shallow and flat. After taking the time to create
a decent hero, heroine, and appropriate secondary
characters, I was disappointed by the easy-to-guess villain.
The plot twist at the end does make up for this lack, so
don’t overlook The Enchantress just because of