Chase Wilcox knows all he needs to know about women - gold-digging vampires, the lot of them. So when his married brother starts espousing Nicole Ballard's charms, Chase runs to the rescue. One look at Nicole, and he is hopelessly lost, but his defenses go into overdrive. Believing he is saving his brother's marriage, Chase ruthlessly seduces and abandons Nicole, destroying her with a single, deliberate conversation. Only afterward, when the veil of hatred clouding his vision lifts, does he truly see her and realize the damage he has inflicted. James Daniels handles Lowell's wrenching novel with impressive skill. Emotions seethe beneath the surface but are never overdramatized, even during explicit love scenes. His smooth delivery and comfortable cadence make for easy, pleasurable listening. Perfect vacation material; highly recommended for public libraries. - Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.