Release Date: December 2009

ISBN 10: 0758227418

ISBN 13: 978-0758227416

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Like No One Else

She can run, but she can’t hide…

Ballet dancer Tommie Purnell has finally left her troubles behind her. After a devastating scandal derails her dancing career in New York, she flees to Houston for a fresh start. Her new dance studio is a success and things are going well again. But when a local woman connected to Tommie turns up dead, Tommie is petrified…and doesn’t know where to turn.

When veteran homicide detective Paulo Sanchez walks through her door, Tommie wonders if her troubles have just doubled. She and Paulo had a torrid attraction years ago…but she’s sworn off men because of too many broken dreams. Yet their sizzling attraction can’t be denied, and as their passion intensifies, the killer strikes again. That’s when all clues point toward the one person Tommie thought she could finally trust…


…Smith’s sizzling suspense novel…takes a refreshingly casual, low-key approach to interracial dating.

—Publishers Weekly

Tomasina (Tommie) Purnell is one tough cookie—especially for a ballerina! Smith brings a nasty double homicide and some smokin’-hot love scenes to the table in this follow-up to Whisper My Name. The action stays on the fast track, and readers will be kept guessing until the final pages. This is a tense page-turner that will further enhance Smith’s reputation in the romantic suspense genre—a reputation that is well deserved…

—Jacqui McGuginsRomantic Times Magazine, 4½ stars

Maureen Smith has a masterpiece on her hands. Like No One Else is a perfect blend of romance and mystery. Tommie Purnell is a trained ballet dancer who is starting a new career in a new city. After some issues in New York, Tommie has moved to Houston, Texas to open a dance studio and get her life back on track. Paulo Sanchez is a murder detective with the Houston Police Department. He’s been unlucky in love before and isn’t trying to give it a second chance. He first met Tommie four years ago at her sister and his friends wedding and he discovers that the attraction is just as strong today as it was then. Will Tommie and Paulo take a risk on love or will his current case tear them apart?

—Ashley HaneyRomance In Color


Emma Award Winner for Favorite Romantic Suspense


Two of the book’s secondary characters, Kathleen Phillips and Renee Williams, were named after two of my readers who won the “15 Minutes of Fame” contest.