A hungry attraction. A hidden enemy. Devoted defense lawyer Clare Westbrook, used to working for others, can now call the shots on her own terms. A multimillion-dollar inheritance from the father she never knew has allowed her to start her own practice. And with her teenage niece, Emma, whom she's raised as a daughter, on a school trip to Europe, Clare has been able to focus on turning a storefront in a tough Phoenix neighborhood into the legal firm of her dreams and offering her services to the troubled community.
But just as she opens for business, explosive shots take out her street-level windows - and nearly take her life. Someone clearly has targeted Clare, though she doesn't know who or why. All she knows is she must surrender to Tony Sonterra's protection if she wants to survive....
Sonterra has designs on a career move to the FBI - and on rekindling his scorching, no-strings-attached affair with Clare. But can the man who sparks her passion be trusted with her life? Or is someone using Clare, the one person Tony has dared to get close to, to get to him?
©2004 Linda Lael Miller (P)2015 Recorded Books
Great Books Don't Promote Violence
Never Look Back is the 2nd book about Claire Westbrook, a lawyer in her early 30s. While Claire had many redeeming qualities - integrity, determination, compassion and intelligent - I didn't connect with her. For a smart woman, Claire made really stupid decisions.
Once she was financially secure, Claire decided to start a free legal clinic. Great idea! However, when Claire picks a location for her clinic in a high crime area, she didn't take any precautions such as an alarm system, bullet proof windows, or a security guard.
Next, there is her off and on again sexual relationship with Tony (nice & hunky cop). Yes, Claire had a difficult childhood with a absent father and neglectful mother but after years of therapy with her niece Emma, I expected her to be more emotionally mature.
Mostly, I had hoped for more legal and courtroom drama. Instead, Claire found an unbelievable amount of dead bodies and attracted too many psycho killers. Since Claire was a lousy detective, the plot didn't hold my interest.
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