For Sasha Miller, the world of professional ice skating brought glory, fame, and a refuge from the wounds of her tragic past. But it also brought shame when she lost her childhood friend and partner, Lon, to a mysterious drug scandal that left innocent people dead. Sasha went on to Olympic fame, her graceful skating and dazzling smile hiding a heavy heart. But that was years ago — and now Lon is back, promising her he’s changed for good.
So why is there a trail of dead bodies left in the wake of the ice show’s tour — a scene that eerily echoes the nightmare Sasha has tried to forget…?
Babysitting a bunch of ice skaters isn’t special agent Mick Vinicor’s idea of a good time undercover, but it’s the only way to get close to Sasha and investigate the bizarre murders that seem to follow her from city to city. He’s convinced the beautiful skater knows more than she’s admitting, but unraveling the mystery of her deepest secrets and twisted loyalties leaves him vulnerable to emotions he can’t afford. Because somewhere out there, hiding in the stands, stalking the shadowy corridors of each arena, getting close enough to touch, is a cold, methodical killer who won’t stop until Sasha has paid the ultimate price…
This was my first Susan Andersen book, so I thought it would be my first re-read. Susan Andersen is not an author I’ve re-read. Since I read her so early in my reading career, I wasn’t sure if I would like her as much the second time around.
Mick Vinicor goes undercover as the manager of the Follies. His usual assignments are deep cover, so he thinks that this job will be a piece of cake. All he has to do is go in, prove that ice skater Sasha Miller is dealing heroin that is killing people, and get out. He is sure that Sasha is the one he’s looking for.
Sasha has worked hard to get where she is in life. Her childhood was no picnic. Accepting a scholarship to a local ice skating school put her further out of reach from her peers. Sasha grew up fast, but she always had her ice skating coach and her skating partner, Lon Morrison. When Lon was busted for selling drugs and sent to prison, Sasha thought it would destroy her.
Five years later, Sasha doesn’t trust easily. When Lon asks her to pull a few favors and get him on with the Follies, Sasha agrees even as she asks herself if she’s doing the right thing. Though she wasn’t involved with Lon’s dealing drugs, her name will forever be associated with his.
After Mick meets Sasha, he begins to question whether he has the right person. Everything he learns about Sasha is in direct opposition of what he came in thinking. Like a man, he decides that he’ll get her secrets by seducing her. Of course that’s only an excuse to get close to her b/c Mick fell for her hard.
I really liked the dynamic of the Follies. I think that Susan Andersen did a pretty good job of writing the group. I also liked when Mick figured out his “babysitting” job wasn’t quite as easy as he thought it would be.
I liked this book as much as I did the first time.
4.5 out of 5.
This book is available from Zebra. You can buy it here.