"Powerful romantic suspense"
In Output, Nevada's Golden Phoenix Casino and Hotel,
Shelby Wyatt wins the $25,000 grand prize at the slots.
Instead of collecting her money, she flees the casino for
the hotel in a panic trying to avoid the attention. The
owner, Aaron Montana, watches what she did on tape and
wonders what would make someone so afraid to accept her
winnings. He next watches her on live camera managing to
defeat his security and get into a hotel room.
Aaron confronts Shelby, but does not stop her when she
flees. He decides to track her down anyway and learns from
the person standing next to her when she won the grand
prize that she likes horses. He checks the nearby phone
booth and finds she ripped out a page containing Outpost
Flat Stables. Aaron goes there and persuades Shelby to
hide in his hotel. He takes her to his secure apartment
through a secret passage. Aaron wonders if Shelby killed
Pruett, but she accuses him of wanting sex. Shelby begins
to worry that the kind Aaron who she is beginning to love
will die due to the murder she witnessed and her knowledge
of who the killer is, but will she trust him with the truth?
Three-time RITA Award winner and a Reviewer Choice
Award winner Justine Dare provides her vast audience with a
powerful romantic suspense novel that never slows down
from the moment Shelby plays the slots until the end.
Though the male lead is too perfect (except for being an
ultra hunk), the tale is non-stop action starring a feisty
female whose loyalty to her "mom" happens to leave her in
the right place at the wrong time. Readers will feel they
won the jackpot with HIGH STAKES.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001