The queen of Texas melodrama takes metaphor perhaps a step too far
as she pits her heart-transplant-patient heroine against a serial
killer obsessed with stopping her new heart. Having as a child
survived Hodgkin's disease, her parents' double suicide, and life
in a series of substandard foster homes, feisty redhead Cat Delaney
is more than able to wisecrack her way through a heart transplant
operation at the peak of her career. Famous as a star of the
television soap opera Passages, Cat experiences both a literal and
figurative change of heart after her surgery, abruptly opting to
drop her acting career, move to San Antonio, and create a local
news segment aimed at matching abandoned children with good
adoptive homes. She breaks off an affair with Dr. Dean Spicer, her
wealthy cardiologist, and falls madly in love with Alex Pierce
("His tongue was nimble, his appetite carnal"), a Houston cop
turned mystery writer whose sudden appearance in her life may not
be coincidental. When newspaper articles describing murders of
other heart transplantees begin appearing in Cat's mailbox, she
realizes she's being stalked by a lunatic obsessed with stilling
the heart of a loved one who may or may not be her donor. As the
anniversary of Cat's transplant nears, the threat of violence grows
greater. But from which direction comes the danger?: From her
hostile secretary, possibly related to a woman who was murdered on
the day of her transplant? From the stepfather of one of Cat's
orphan clients, whose greatest rival may have been Cat's donor? Or
(horrors) from sexy Alex, whose past holds more secrets than she
could ever guess? Highly schematic and hastily sketched, this
nevertheless provides a satisfying dose of Brown's (Where There's
Smoke, 1993, etc.) famously raunchy sex scenes (" 'I want to know
I'm with a man. I want to be taken. I want - ' 'You want to be
fucked.' "), and a certain raw enthusiasm that will no doubt
increase her legion of fans. (Kirkus Reviews)
After a heart transplant, glamorous soap-star Cat Delaney moves to
Texas to host a weekly TV series, and learns that someone is
stalking and killing everyone who received transplants the day she
did. She turns to a mystery writer who's become her lover, for help
in tracking down the killer.
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