"But, the military is a funny place. When you think you’re ‘scott-free,’ you get burned."

In this multi-layered account, the author plays many roles. Initially, Allen is a former Marine who enlisted in order to marry and hopefully stay with her chosen sweetheart. When the rigors of the couple's duties cause a rift that the military can’t or won’t fix, she decides to help others in the same situation if she can. She is invited to Hawaii, where friends are battling for the right to save their marriage despite the dictates of their terms of military duty. When the case is won largely because of her accurate, unflinching testimony, she becomes a local celebrity. In talking to the lawyer who sought her help, she learns of a serial killer at large and offers some very smart speculations about what might be going on. This leads to her getting involved with the case and romantically entangled with the officer in charge.

Allen’s book is a mixture of several genres, tied together by her first-person narrative as a strong-minded female who, having loved and lost once, seems determined to maintain control in all future relationships. The book is strongly erotic, with sensual imagery and action throughout, including a surprisingly sexy party game organized by the author. The work also serves as a courtroom drama deftly represented in the early chapters, with Allen testifying on behalf of her friends who are trapped by the intricacies of military regulations. It then morphs into a whodunit, with Allen proving to be a competent detective. Her affair with a fellow sleuth provides interest that might be love or simply another show of her feminine wiles and wisdom. Overcoming past disappointment with grit and verve provides the overarching theme connecting all these elements as Allen recalls the heartbreak she encountered in love and duty and reaches out to others dealing with similar issues.

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