Small-town living can be a prison when the town is under the thumb of one family, so Sayre Lynch was only too happy to escape her stifling Louisiana childhood. But the prodigal daughter returns for the funeral of her younger brother Danny and a long-overdue confrontation with her dictatorial father, Huff Hoyle, in Sandra Brown's White Hot. Passions, past crimes and corruption spin a web of deceit and danger as Sayre faces her past, her destiny and the demands of Beck Merchant, the smooth-talkin' lawyer whom she can't decide whether to hate or love. Brown's writing lures readers with haunting, sultry seduction, redolent with secrets as deep as hot, breath-snagging Southern nights.

Sandy Huseby reviews from Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside Minnesota.

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