The Chilling Deception by Jayne Castle
GUINEVERE JONES -- Besides being brainy, brave, and beautiful, she had an uncanny way with people. From the moment she found the gold gun in the mauve-and-black marble executive washroom, she knew Mr. Vandyke was in serious trouble.
ZACHARIAH JUSTIS -- Only the promise of a wild weekend cavorting with Guinevere in the wintry San Juan Islands convinced him to come along to provide security for Vandyke Development.
But it was business before pleasure when events brought them face-to-face with chilling danger and a dead man determined to avenge the past.
The blurb does a great job bringing you up to speed on this book. Gwen is temping as Mr. Vandyke's personal assistant and he needs her to accompany him to a meeting in which he is hoping to make a deal on behalf of his company. However, Gwen has noticed that Mr. Vandyke has been acting nervously and she has answered several calls from his wife that has made her suspect that more is going on than she knows. So, she convinces Mr. Vandyke that he needs to hire Zac as a guard for the weekend conference. Zac reluctantly agrees and the three of them are off.
Zac decides that he can use the weekend to his advantage by spending more time with Gwen, maybe even sharing a room. This plan is immediately derailed and on the first day, anything that can get in the way of this goal, does. In addition, there is a smooth-talking pilot, a mysterious shadowy figure following Mr. Vandyke at night, and a past that is fast catching up with one or more of the people involved in the weekend conference. Gwen and Zac take turns being unsure about where they are in their relationship and all in all you have a rocky weekend that ends somewhat differently than anyone planned.
I enjoyed this second installment in the Guinevere Jones series although not as much as the first. I felt that it lacked something to tie it all together, it was a little far-fetched that all of the pieces would culminate the way that they did. However, I enjoyed it enough to continue with the series (two of which are assigned reading for the challenge in February).
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I Love Library Books
I borrowed this book from my local public library.