Bodyguard Tessa Lancaster is hired to protect a reality
singing show contestant, forcing her to work with attorney
Charles Britton, the lawyer who sent her to prison for a
murder she didn't commit. But Tessa found God and,
she's the niece of a Japanese mafia kingpin, she's trying
approach her life and her work in a different manner than
during those dark days. Except Tessa discovers that
forgiveness is harder to offer than most make it out to be,
and walking away from her past is equally as tough.
Camy Tang pens another smart and wickedly savvy heroine in
Tessa Lancaster. A DANGEROUS STAGE is uniquely fresh in
that rather than having the main characters involved in a
reality show, a plot device that is quickly becoming
Tessa and Charles are peripheral players. Readers might
begin to wonder about what types of people it takes to keep
the reality TV industry afloat—and whether shows driven by
viewer voting are really on the up and up, questions that
enhance the reader's curiosity.
In this case, there's cause for concern, and Tessa finds
herself smack dab in the middle of it, not to mention drawn
back toward her uncle's mafia empire, something she wants
desperately to avoid.
That Tessa finds it difficult to forgive Charles for his
sins, real and perceived, and that she has conflicted
feelings toward her family members who operate outside of
the law is what makes Tessa so special. Family is family,
and Tessa doesn't have to like what they do in order for
to appreciate their presence in her life. As far as
Charles, well, Tessa has to decide what's really important
to her and whether to be ruled by her head or her heart.
I missed out on the first book in the Protection for
series. I wish I hadn't, not that reading it is necessary
to enjoying A DANGEROUS STAGE. No, I love Tang's writing
and the way in which her stories of strong Asian women
broaden the fictional landscape.
Tessa Lancaster worked for her uncle in the Japanese mafia
until she was sent to prison for a murder she didn't commit.
Now, after finding God behind bars, she takes odd jobs as a
bodyguard to keep her distance from the family business. In
A Dangerous Stage, the second book in Camy Tang's Protection
for Hire series, Tessa gets caught up in the web of lies
surrounding a shady singing competition. Hired by one of the
contestants, she works with Charles Britton---the lawyer who
sent her to prison---to discover the dark figures
manipulating the contest from behind the scenes. Tessa's
abilities will be tested like never before as she's forced
to balance the safety of her client's family and her
deepening relationship with Charles. In the midst of the
chaos, she holds on to her faith to keep her safe and bring
down the shadowy organization.