Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper
This is Julia Harper's (who also writes great historicals under the name "Elizabeth Hoyt") second book. The first, "Hot," was very promising, and introduced Dante Torellli, the well-dressed, by-the-book FBI agent that stars in "For the Love of Pete." Zoey, his love interest, is more of a free-spirit, but she's also very cautious when it comes to men. She and Dante are thrown into an extraordinary and dangerous situation together, and they must work together to save Zoey's neice, Pete, from some bungling kidnappers, corrupt FBI agents, and professional hit men.
There's a lot going on in this book, and to Harper's credit, the suspense story is well-developed and complex--you do have to pay attention to follow what's going on. And there are some nice surprises, too, along the way. Also, just as in her historicals, Harper proves herself to be a very good writer in a technical sense--her prose always flows and her dialogue is witty and believable.