When garage owner Topaz Emerson meets newspaper publisher Alexander Rice on a deserted road in Charlotte, North Carolina she’s understandably intrigued. Looks aside, there’s something about Alex that tugs and tugs relentlessly. Topaz never bothers to ask about his past…
For years, Alex has been haunted by memories of his days as a contract killer. Regardless of all that he’s accomplished, he can’t quite escape the ghosts that relentlessly pursue. Meeting Topaz brings hope that he isn’t doomed to live a cursed half-life.
That hope is soon threatened when Topaz and her fellow small business owners find themselves tangled in a mysterious land deal. The stakes are high and the results could be fatal. To protect the woman he loves, Alex may have to submit to his relentless ghosts and kill again.
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About the Author
AlTonya Washington has been a published romance novelist for 10 years and is a two time winner of The Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award . In addition to being an author, AlTonya also works as a college Reference Librarian. Writing as T. Onyx, AlTonya has also crafted a string of very popular erotica titles. Her long-running and popular Ramsey/Tesano romantic suspense series will soon conclude. "Lover's Origin: Black Island", "A Lover's Return" and "Book of Scandal: The Tesano Elders" will mark the last three titles in the saga.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was an okay read. Nothing to shout about. A little let down, seeing as the last one I read was so damn good. 5 hrs 32 mins
AlTonya Washington¿s latest book, IN THE MIDST OF PASSION sizzles from beginning to end. The stories wraps around the beauty, essence, and intrigue between successful Alexander Rice and business-savvy Topaz Emerson. Each have reasons to allow the pace to be temperate in lieu of headlong haste, but the past has ways of catching up to you when you least expect it. Setting the stage for this drama is the fact that Alexander faces problematic issues in shaking the past -- a sordid and unsavory life in a world of crime, working hard to maintain an aura amid success in the publishing field. Enter Topaz, eponymous of the gem she¿s named after, is the sparkle that catches Alex¿s eye. Strong-willed and fearlessly independent, her aura is unmistaken among peers and foes alike. Choosing to defy stereotypical notions she opts to open a business atypical of what is expected of her, and earns respect in the process. The story starts slow but builds to fever pitch as the two parry and thrust hoping to gain advantages that would allow love to manifest itself with the passion that this author intended. The two meet in a less auspicious way on a lonely deserted road in Charlotte, North Carolina. It¿s encounters like this that authors use wile and imagery to create a story worth following¿and Ms Washington scores as she uses call and response to greater awareness. Alex¿s character is written as a dark persona who emerges with enough light to give romance a veneer with enough polish to make good contrast, alluding to the inglorious past of Alex being a contract killer. What better way to give him a shinning resolve with overtones of redemptive value by finding him a love interest? Who would deny a character with drop-dead looks and a demeanor suggesting change after meeting a vixen with an agenda of her own? What a story this is! Conflict is validated as the plot thickens with Alex protecting Topaz from a scrupulous real estate scion that uses imminent domain and other malicious tactics to buy up all the businesses on Topaz's neighborhood. It¿s only after an inevitable confrontation with this antagonist that Alex¿s past rears its ugly head to reveal truths that threaten to thwart all that he¿d built up with Topaz. What fatal consequences are at stake if Topaz refuses to sell her business? How far should he go to protect her at the expense of not revealing secrets he cannot afford to divulge? Would betrayal force him to kill again? Dangerous liaisons and deceptive intent are common bonds for dramatic interlude to suffice in a story of this magnitude¿and reading further you will see why. I liked this book for all the reasons why one should not allow perceived prominence to hold sway without going deeper for better understanding. Reading this book is a precursor to allowing a slow burn to build to passion, and allow it to reach fever pitch. And it works as AlTonya Washington¿s characters are consumed in it for a page-turning delight. I¿m most smitten when chivalry is not dead as it¿s something good to say about a hero who risks all to protect his lady. This story of love, ambition and redemption are both sexy and provocative, and perfect for Ms Washington to give credence that her storytelling prowess takes a back seat to no one. Platonic relationships, and human bonding are in my opinion, main definitive cachets in Washington's novels, and she does not disappoint. I found no negative verve to disallow anyone wanting to read a good romance not to pick up this book. As such, buy it and be enlightened!