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Actress Mallory Thane has been accused of murdering her husband.  After she is found not guilty, she is ready to leave New York behind and start a new life elsewhere.  Then out of the blue she is offered a staring role in a film that takes place overseas.  She gladly accepts.  What she doesn't know is the offer came form a movie studio owned by her brother-in-law and he plans on keeping her with him until he gets the answers to what happened.

Sabin Wyatt felt something for Mallory the first time he saw her.  Before he could talk to her, he was called away for work and the next thing he knew he found out she had married his half-brother.  During the trial, Sabin had his own investigation done and he found out that Mallory did not have anything to do with his brother’s death.  But he is determined to find out who did.  But Sabin still believes that Mallory drove his half-brother to spend money he did not have on her.  Once Sabin starts spending time alone with Mallory, he starts to thinks that things are not always as they seem.

This is one of Ms, Johansen's earlier works.  First published in 1990.  This is a nice quick read, when you want something light with a happy ever after ending.

Book Blurb for Notorious

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen’s gripping novel of romantic suspense, a man’s lust for revenge turns into an obsession with his brother’s wife.

Beautiful actress Mallory Thane endured the harsh, unforgiving glare of publicity during the trial in which she stood accused of murdering her husband. But even the acquittal that set her free couldn’t ease the heartache of her ordeal. Desperate to get back her life, her career, and her sanity, she accepts a new movie deal on an island paradise–only to realize that she has walked into a trap.

Her captor is power player Sabin Wyatt, a dark, enigmatic man who still holds Mallory responsible for his brother Ben’s death. But at the root of his scheme is his obsessive need to possess the woman who haunts his dreams, no matter what truth she’s hiding.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.00