Unfortunately, this story didn’t live up to the expectations brought on by the previous two books. It’s not a series per se, the authors themselves de...moreUnfortunately, this story didn’t live up to the expectations brought on by the previous two books. It’s not a series per se, the authors themselves describe their work as a two-book series, but the works are all tied loosely into a "people mix-up" miniseries – appropriately titled Wrong Bed: Again and Again.
Anyway, Leslie Kelly’s two stories have set quite a high standard to follow and Cara Summers just wasn’t up to the task. Hopefully it was just a one-book fluke and the next one will be a vast improvement. I certainly hope so.
To me it seemed the author had a hard time deciding on the genre. At first the suspense subplot kept distracting me from the romance, but slowly I was rather thankful for the aforementioned suspense subplot. At least it kept things lively around New York.
Because the romance blew. I don’t know if it could even be categorized as a romance, since it happened so suddenly I almost got a nosebleed. … Okay, kidding on the nosebleed part. What bothered me was the speed with which everything evolved.
Maddie Farrell has learned that her mother, whom she thought died when she was a baby, actually died only a few days ago. And Maddie wasn’t an only child, but had a twin sister. Her mother’s will is specific, Maddie and her twin, Jordan, must spend the next three consequent weeks in each other’s shoes in order to prevent their mother’s business from being sold.
Maddie and Jordan promptly switch places, with Jordan leaving for Maddie’s Santa Fe ranch and Maddie for Jordan’s New York apartment. Poor, jet-lagged Maddie is so tired upon arrival, she crashes in the first bed she finds. Unfortunately, she crashes in the bed of Jordan’s roommate, an ex-special ops member, Jase.
Jase returns from a rescue mission in South America that same night, and upon finding a woman in his bed, thinks he’s only dreaming, she thinks she’s only dreaming, and they end up doing the hanky panky. Imagine the surprise when they wake up and realize it wasn’t a dream, they actually slept together. Without knowing each other and without protection! Okay, the whole putting the glove on can sometimes get tiresome in a book, disrupting the flow so to speak, but it was never mentioned in this story which was a bit off-putting.
So, they have sex on their first pseudo-meeting, then they can’t keep their minds and hands off each other, they suddenly know each other after spending less than twelve hours together, and are madly in love by the end of the book – mere two days after they meet. WTF?!
The only redeeming thing about this so-called romance was the fact Jase immediately knew Maddie wasn’t Jordan (imagine that, their smells didn’t match) and he didn’t feel a thing for Jordan (they were truly just friends), but with Maddie he went completely haywire. That was sweet.
It was the suspense that kept the entire story above water in the end. The robbery, murder, attempted murder, break-in etc. kept it interesting. And the fact only one part of the puzzle’s been resolved, left a nice cliffhanger for the next (final) story, and the resolution to take place on a cattle ranch near Santa Fe.
I’m actually looking forward to the next story. Mostly because I’m curious as to what the heck is going on, and I’m dying to meet Maddie’s neighbor (and would-be fiancé), Cash. The cowboy and a city-bred businesswoman. That should keep things interesting, don’t you think?(less)
The back story is the same as in Twin Temptation - two sisters who never knew about the other are reunited after twenty-six years, but thanks to their...moreThe back story is the same as in Twin Temptation - two sisters who never knew about the other are reunited after twenty-six years, but thanks to their mother's will have no time to get to know each other before having to spend 21 consecutive days in each other's shoes.
Now it's time for Jordan to live Maddie's life. A life that includes the hunky cowboy of a neighbor, Cash Landry. And while Cash and Maddie are just and only friends, Cash and Jordan are anything but friends...Again at night, before they even officially meet. And Cash isn't as quick on the uptake as Jase was.
So the author took the blazing attraction between h/h, and thrown in an attempted murder or two...And got an almost exact replica of her (aforementioned) previous book.
Again, the romance was rushed - sorry, but I just don't buy people falling madly, I-want-to-spend-my-lifetime-loving-you in love in two days. And to take the same initial nudge - making love while at least one of them thinks it's a dream, while they don't even know each other - isn't exactly the best way to start.
Though I complained about the first book's "indecision" about genres, it was the suspenseful edge that kept it flowing, and this is even more true about this one. It was the mad race downhill with a van glued to the bumper, the old man allegedly falling half-way down a cliff, the vandalism on the ranch that kept me interested enough to even finish this story. And the final reveal of the baddie was truly a surprise. Well done, Ms. Summers, maybe you should stick to suspense from now on.
Well, if you already own this book (or two books), you might go ahead and give it a try, but I'd recommend you rather read the two-book series from 2008 by Leslie Kelly - Slow Hands and Heated Rush. A much better (and romance-driven) reading experience.(less)
Since Ms. Summers' two Wrong Bed books, Twin Seduction and Twin Temptation, weren't my favorite I was a bit skeptical about picking up this one. But i...moreSince Ms. Summers' two Wrong Bed books, Twin Seduction and Twin Temptation, weren't my favorite I was a bit skeptical about picking up this one. But it's the last in the Uniformly Hot! series so I had to read it...And I ain't disappointed.
Featuring a hunky, tall, broad shouldered, gray-eyed MP, a tough-as-nails, petite yet with miles of leg DC cop, an attempted thievery case, and a legendary blue diamond that's reputed to bring lovers together, this was a quickie read with the perfect sex and suspense combo that's featuring more and more prominently in the Harlequin Blaze category.
The chemistry between the characters was mind-numbing in its intensity with or without the help of the said magical diamond. Its matchmaking powers were stuff of legend, but it did bring the hero and heroine together...More than one time. And each scene was hotter. And I didn't even mind that it all happened so quickly. 'Tis the season to be jolly and I found myself in a rather "forgiving" mood.
The set-the-pages-on-fire scenes were rivaled with a strong suspense subplot. Someone had tried to steal the famous diamond, an army officer was found unconscious on the scene (and "conveniently" developped amnesia, the false leads and red-herring kept piling up, a famous ex-thief made his appearance...And the hero and heroine resolutely navigated the uncharted waters in search of the truth.
But what truly blew me away were the kissing scenes. I had no idea there were so many ways to write a tonsil-hockey match, but I guess Ms. Summers succeeded. And conveyed just the right amount of emotion and UST while doing it. Those kisses ranged from playful to sensual to downright devouring and I found myself looking forward to the next hockey match even more than to finding out whodunnit. And when the end came (though sweet and awwwww-sounds inspiring) I just wanted to keep on reading. Yep, the story was that good...