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They were childhood friends...so different...yet so alike. Lainey Wolfe is single and a successful commercial artist in New York City. Farrell Cole lives in an elegant home in Connecticut, surrounded by an attorney husband and two children who adore her. Lainey cannot deny the richness of her friend's life. And Farrell makes no secret of envying Lainey's freedom. Lainey's agreement to be named guardian of her best friend's children seemed no more than a natural promise between friends - but then the unthinkable ...
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They were childhood friends...so different...yet so alike. Lainey Wolfe is single and a successful commercial artist in New York City. Farrell Cole lives in an elegant home in Connecticut, surrounded by an attorney husband and two children who adore her. Lainey cannot deny the richness of her friend's life. And Farrell makes no secret of envying Lainey's freedom. Lainey's agreement to be named guardian of her best friend's children seemed no more than a natural promise between friends - but then the unthinkable happens: After a terrible accident that claims the lives of Farrell and her husband in one heartbreaking stroke, Lainey unexpectedly finds herself stepping into her best friend's shoes. In an instant Lainey becomes a single mom in suburbia, taking the two young Cole children under her wing, and not too willingly, she becomes entwined with Farrell's handsome, good-for-nothing brother, as seductive as he may be dangerous. To make matters worse, Lainey soon begins to harbor suspicions about her best friends' deaths, wondering if they were as accidental as everyone believes them to be. Most frightening of all, as she struggles to uncover the shocking truth, she realizes she has unwittingly set herself and the children up as targets for murder.

When her best friend, Farrell, and her husband are killed in an accident, successful Manhattan artist Lainey Wolfe must take over the care of Farrell's small children. But when Farrell's handsome, good-for-nothing brother comes nosing around--and disturbing clues start surfacing--Lainey is forced to answer the question: was Farrell's death more than an accident? From the bestselling author of Only You.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Breezy dialogue, well-developed dramatic tension and, of course, the eventual triumph of true love blend nicely in Victor's (Only You) new novel of romantic suspense. Lainey Wolfe and Farrell Cole, both 36, have been best friends since first grade. Farrell is married and living in considerable luxury in a Connecticut suburb; freelance Manhattan artist/designer Lainey is beloved ``aunt'' to Farrell's nine-year-old, Tim, and his younger sister, Riley. Hopelessly involved with her married boss, Lainey foresees no changes in her life. Farrell, however, has a dark secret, and though some readers will find her zest for danger less than credible, the eventual result of her daring adventure is death, apparently accidental: Farrell and her husband are believed to be victims of a malfunctioning furnace. As their legal guardian, Lainey moves in with the grieving children, but the timing couldn't be worse: she's just been offered the career break of a lifetime and her lover has finally proposed marriage. And then she begins to suspect that the Coles' deaths were murder. Victor's characterization is deeper and more subtle than usual for the genre; her prose is assured, and she has a grasp of the domestic minutiae at the center of family life. Though the plotting is a bit too transparent and the ending shamelessly melodramatic, readers will enjoy the excitement. (Mar.)
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The team who write under the pseudonym of Cynthia Victor (Only You, 1994, etc.) now join the army of romance writers coupling love with serial murder.

Commercial artist Lainey Wolfe, based in Manhattan, covets the life of best friend Farrell Cole. While Lainey toils away drawing cutesy characters like "Matilda and Mommy" and "Patsy Pony," Farrell lives with her prosperous lawyer husband and their two swell kids in a picture-perfect home in Connecticut. What more could a girl ask for, thinks Lainey, than glowing fireplaces, a closetful of cashmere dresses, and the aroma of boeuf bourguignon cooking in the kitchen? But, in truth, Farrell is bored with suburban life and longs to recover her adventurous youth. With that in mind, she tries an afternoon as a call girl at a local hotel—a departure from the straight and narrow that leads to disaster: The Coles are found dead in their bed, apparent victims of carbon-monoxide poisoning, and Lainey, through a prearranged agreement, becomes guardian of their children. Though never one for commitments, she moves to Connecticut and begins the difficult switch from single careerwoman to single mom, with two grieving children to care for. She's not helped much by Farrell's sexy brother Penn, a successful TV producer who drinks too much and who's staying in the guesthouse. Penn and Lainey find their fights punctuated both by sexual tension and growing affection. But in romance, no one can live happily ever after while there's a killer loose on the home front. Though the reader knows from the start that the murderer is an overweight neighbor who bakes great cakes, Lainey and her lover are forced to follow an uninventive trail to piece it all out.

Much more engrossing than their last outing; still, some attractive characters and believable relationships are done in by an amateur mystery filled with fortunate coincidences and tired clichés.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780525940333
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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    The characters and the plot in this book are great. Another book by Cynthia Victor that was quick and easy to read. You won't want to put it down even after you finish it.

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