Release Date: March 2008

ISBN 10: 0373860595

ISBN 13: 978-0373860593

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A Risky Affair

Passion has made this case personal…

A year after the death of her adoptive parents, Solange Washington leaves her small hometown and arrives in San Antonio hoping to start a new life. The last thing on her mind is romance. Not only is she still recovering from her parents’ death—not to mention a bad breakup—but getting involved in a relationship will only interfere with her new job with prominent defense attorney Crandall Thorne. But when Solange meets sexy, gorgeous private investigator Dane Roarke, she quickly realizes how difficult it will be to resist temptation…

Scandal forced Dane to walk away from the FBI and head to San Antonio, where he accepted a job at his cousins’ private detective agency. Just as his life appears to be getting back on track, a beautiful mystery woman walks through the door of Roarke Investigations—and turns his world upside down. Dane knows he must have Solange, and boldly sets out to seduce her. But when he discovers a shocking secret about her true identity, will he risk losing her heart by keeping the truth from her?


Well-developed characters, an entertaining story and a chance to revisit the Thorne and Roarke families make A Risky Affair (4.5), by Maureen Smith, a book to read in one sitting. After the death of her adoptive parents, Solange Washington leaves her small town and accepts a position as personal assistant
to Crandall Thorne, a high-profile, semi-retired attorney. The job is a ruse so he can get to know his long-lost granddaughter. Dane Roarke’s private-investigative firm is “hired” to run a background check on Solange, and romantic sparks fly between the two from the time they meet. But the years of Crandall’s deception and secrets threaten to consume Solange, Dane and married socialite Tessa Philbin, whom Crandall has loved since they were young. 

—Debbie R. SimsRomantic Times Magazine

I was impressed by the depth of the characters Solange Washington and Dane Roarke. It was a great story, and I don’t want to give too much of the story away. But I was very surprised by the way Crandall Thorne handled his issues and his past with Tessa. 

—CarlaPassion On The Pages


Romantic Times Magazine Top Pick

eHarlequin Top 10 bestseller


In A Risky Affair, I toyed with the idea of making Senator Richard Allen Vance Solange’s biological father. But, alas, my muse took a different direction.