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YOU BELONG TO ME
PATRICIA SARGEANT
ISBN# 0-7582-1876-1
November 2006
Dafina Books
850 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
Paperback
$6.99/$9.99
315 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Nicole Collins is the author of the InterDimensions science fiction series. Her cousin Simone is ill and needs a kidney transplant for which she no longer has the insurance to pay. Nicole and her relatives are trying to earn the money for the operation; if they do not, Simone will die, leaving behind a four-year-old daughter. For this reason, against her better judgment Nicole sells the movie rights to the first book in her InterDimensions series, with the stipulation that she has a say in how the screenplay is written.

Nicole’s ex-husband Malcolm Bryant is co-owner of Celestial Productions. When Nicole’s agent begins putting out feelers for a production company to create an InterDimensions movie, he sees his opportunity to perhaps get a second chance with his ex-wife since he has never stopped loving her. However, he finds that Nicole is not the same outgoing, vivacious woman he married. In her place is a withdrawn woman who wears baggy clothing and is in some respects afraid to live.

When Nicole discovers that the only production company that will allow her to have a say in the movie is co-owned by her ex-husband, who walked out on her when she lost their baby, she almost decides not to go through with the deal. However, after taking into consideration her cousin’s health and that her family is counting on her; she decides to go ahead with it. Not long after, she begins receiving strange threatening phone calls. When she moves to LA to work on the movie, the threats escalate. Her contemporaries on the project begin receiving them as well. When a friend dies and it is ruled murder, Nicole begins to suspect one of her fans. As she and Malcolm band together to find a killer, they begin falling in love all over again. Will they be able to keep that love or will a crazed killer have the last word?

This book is without a doubt one of the best romantic suspense stories I have had the pleasure to read and review! Ms. Sargeant is a master at leading the reader on with clues, some of which go down paths that appear to lead nowhere and leave you guessing as to what is really going on. The emotional tension between Nicole and Malcolm is palpable and realistic in the extreme, as is the very real love they obviously have for each other, despite being separated for four years. The secondary characters are successfully woven in throughout the story and lend to the realism of this piece. In addition, the author clearly did her research with regards to movie companies and how the process of getting a book to a movie deal is handled. This is a stellar read and one I would highly recommend to those who enjoy contemporary romantic suspense!

Regina
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