NIGHT AFTER NIGHT - Janelle Denison
The Reliance Group , Book 2
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Las Vegas, Nevada - Present Day
Former con-man Sean O'Brien has turned his life around and now tends bar at the Onyx Casino and works for the Reliance Group. However, his latest mission for the Reliance Group will bring him face-to-face with his past. Twelve years ago, Sean's father ran a Ponzi scheme with Elliot Cooke, but when they were arrested Cooke blamed everything on Casey O'Brien, which resulted in Casey being sentenced to fifteen years in prison, and Cooke getting off scot-free. Now, Elliot is going by the name Grant Russo, and is apparently up to his old tricks. Sean's boss is hoping that by turning on the charm Sean can convince Russo's daughter, Zoe, to reveal Grant's location.
Zoe Russo's dreams are finally about to come true. She's made quite a name for herself with her collection of fashion accessories, and now she's about to open her very first store. The space at the Onyx Casino looks ideal, and it comes with the added bonus of bringing her into contact with the very sexy Sean O'Brien. But when a stranger accosts her, demanding to know where her father is, Zoe's world starts to crumble. Just what secrets are her father hiding from her, and how exactly is Sean involved?
While Sean has worked hard to become a better man than he was, in NIGHT AFTER NIGHT he faces his past and wonders if he's truly succeeded. He's surprised by the reaction he has to Zoe—he's never felt anything too deep for a woman before this—and it doesn't take him long to realize that she has no idea what kind of man her father is. Unfortunately, Sean also believes that he's not a good enough man for her, no matter what he feels. Zoe doesn't do casual relationships and has been betrayed once in the past, so she's a little shocked by her strong reaction to Sean. Once she begins to learn the truth about her father—and Sean—she wonders if she'll ever be able to trust a man again.
A secondary romance takes place between Zoe's best friend, pop-star Jessica Morgan, and Noah Young, the manager of one of the nightclubs at the Onyx. Jessica and Noah (and Zoe) went to high school together, but after a nightmarish tragedy, Jessica ended her relationship with Noah without telling him why. It's been nine years since they've seen one another and with Zoe opening her store at the Onyx they, too, are looking back on their past.
Intriguing suspense and likable characters make NIGHT AFTER NIGHT a book you won't want to miss.