Father Cyrus is worried about Sheriff Spike Devol's too-
hot-to-handle relationship with Vivian
Patintespecially when murder seems to follow Vivian
Just weeks after inheriting Rosebank, a once-magnificent
plantation on the banks of Bayou Teche, David Patin died
in a mysterious fire that destroyed his popular New
Orleans restaurant. In the aftermath, his daughter Vivian
and wife Charlotte are shocked to discover that the family
finances are as run-down as their only remaining
With her degree in hotel management and her mother's
restaurant expertise, Vivian Patin decides to restore the
family fortunes by turning the lushly overgrown and
decaying Rosebank into a resort hotel with all the sultry
charm of old Louisiana. But Vivian's dream becomes a
nightmare when she finds the family's lawyer dead on the
sprawling grounds of the estatewith a rose on his
chest and a brilliant lipstick mark on his cheek.
Suddenly Vivian begins to wonder if someone is targeting
Rosebank and the Patin family . . . and if her father's
death was, in fact, an accident.
Dissatisfied with the local police investigation, Vivian
approaches Spike Devol, deputy sheriff of a nearly town,
who has a reputation for being smart, honest and tough.
She asks him to help her find the truth. But the instant
attraction between them leaves Spike reluctant to get
involved--until he discovers that Vivian could be the next
victim. When another shocking murder occurs at Rosebank,
it's clear that the stakes have never been higherand
that now it's up to Spike and Vivian to catch a
killer . . . before he kills again.
Genre: Contemporary Romance