Harlequin Intrigue, Apr 21 2015, $5.50
NSA Agent Zach Winter returns to his hometown Bonne Chance, Louisiana for the funeral of his best friend undercover Homeland Security Agent Tristan DuChord who died in a Gulf oil rig accident. Also in town is DHS agent Maddy Tierney; assigned to protect Tristan’s pregnant widow Sandy. Zach learns from the M.E. Dr. Bookman the body was not recovered but Sandy is unaware that the coffin does not contain her late husband’s body, and that there are some minor remains whose DNA results remain pending.
Zach and Tristan recognize the alertness in one another. While he is unofficially asking questions, her contact says the Director insists she goes slow as for now an oil rig worker not a DHS operative died. The two Feds are attracted to one another, but keeping Sandy safe is the prime objective from those who believe she knows something important.
Though the steamy atmosphere is similar to the Delancey Dynasty (in nearby Lake Pontchartrain), Mallory Kane’s first Bayou Bonne Chance romantic suspense is a fabulous opening act. The protagonists are a wonderful pairing while the widow struggles to understand what is going on when villains target her. Readers will want to tour the Bayou with the two Feds as their guides.