All the Man I Need

Author: Tamara Sneed

Publisher: St. Martin's

Release Date: August 2004

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Lana Hargrove has created the perfect life for herself.  She has a great job as her own boss in the public relations business, rich clients, and invites to fabulous parties.  She's kept her image squeaky clean to compensate for her father's life as an art thief.  Little does she know her 'perfect' surroundings are about to come crashing down around her.  She's out shopping when she realizes someone is following her.  She puts her self-defense training to work and confronts her stalker.  Justin Larkin informs her that she is in danger and he has been sent by her father, Frank Hargrove, to act as her bodyguard.  He goes on about a heist gone wrong and how Frank's enemy will do anything for revenge, even go through his daughter to get to him.  Lana doesn't give Justin's warnings any credence until she's pushed off a platform onto the path of an oncoming train.  The reality of the situation sinks in and she and Justin hide out to wait the arrival of her father, who they hope has a plan to stop his adversary before someone is killed. 

Alone with just each other for company, Lana can't believe her hormones are raging at a time like this and for an art thief, no less!  Justin epitomizes the very man she vowed never to surrender her love to.  But this time, for the woman used to being in charge, she's at the mercy of her intense attraction. 

Justin is walking a thin line as half owner in Baxter and Baxter Investigations.  He's been hired by the Smithsonian to capture Frank Hargrove and has spent the last several months undercover pretending to be his partner in crime.  The heist for the priceless Egyptian artifact, a miniature obelisk, was supposed to result in Frank's arrest and in turn Baxter and Baxter would be handsomely rewarded.  However, once inside, Justin's instincts tell him there's more to his assignment than meets the eye.  He believes Frank has been framed more than once over the years and now Lana is in serious trouble and in need of protection.  But the stubborn feminist makes his job difficult and soon Justin wants more than to guard her body, he wants her heart as well. 

ALL THE MAN I NEED is a great read and an excellent showcase of Sneed's many talents!  Justin and Lana's interactions were heated and undeniably sensual as these two finally figure out they're made for each other.  Tamara Sneed creates interesting plot twists that keeps the story flowing and the reader's interest engaged.  In addition, Lana's relationship with her paternal parent needed some mending and Sneed does an excellent job with their reconciliation. 

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Tracy Marsac

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