|Not specifically described as part of a series, Bulletproof Marriage is
nonetheless another novel featuring the Lazlo group, a private organization dedicated to the same goals as the British Secret Intelligence Service but without the constraints of government regulations.
The Lazlo group head, Corbet, is being threatened by emails which he
believes originate with the famed "Hungarian" who is someone
interested in world domination. Sean McGregor had been one of the
Lazlo agents, and was reported killed by a fiery automobile accident.
His wife and soul mate Natalie spent the two years thereafter
struggling through one day at a time emotionally while working for the SIS.
Fearless, often taking too many risks, she has risen to in the promotion chain to
The story opens as Natalie finds her team wiped out and she is backed
into a corner with evildoers surrounding her with automatic weapons.
Having run out of options, she had called Corbet for help. A rescuer
arrives in the person of her dead husband Sean McGregor.
They escape, knowing "The Hungarian" is now actively pursuing them.
Among other things that come out, Natalie learns that Sean had faked
his death because of the certainty that the Hungarian would kill Natalie next, having
disposed of Sean's family. Why Sean is in the hot seat with the Hungarian is revealed late in the book.
This fight with the evildoer is rooted by his hatred of Sean, and the
presence of some code that Natalie has, which the Lazlo and SIS groups
are waiting for her to crack. The code issue is not clearly set forth
and turns out not be a central issue anyway.
Much of the novel deals with Natalie's anger with Sean, and with her
guilt issues generated by her emotions. From Sean's viewpoint, the
novel centers on his knowledge that he will never regain Natalie as
his wife if she finds out the reason the Hungarian is focused on him.
And for an unexpected twist, the identity of the Hungarian is meant to
Unfortunately, much of the angst gets repetitious. However the author
does an adequate job with the escalating sexual tension between Natalie and Sean. The suspense plot is thin, and except for occasional flashes, is almost without tension. Little is made of the story's environs.
Karen Whiddon is probably better known as a novelist who deals in paranormal romances. For those fans that expect that in Bulletproof Marriage, they should know this is contemporary romantic suspense.