What a fabulous, emotional, steamy story of revenge, healing and love. I love the old Silhouette Intimate Moments line when the books were a meaty 250What a fabulous, emotional, steamy story of revenge, healing and love. I love the old Silhouette Intimate Moments line when the books were a meaty 250 pages. And Nina Bruhns was so well-suited to them, if she would quit the vampire!sheikh stuff and go back to writing like this, I'd snap it up in a second. Can I add how much I love New Orleans settings? And is there anything hotter than a Cajun hero?
The plot is good, without overshadowing the romance. The hero is a cop on leave who's trying to track down his brother's killer. The heroine is a school counselor on vacation trying to track down her missing sister. Naturally they become entwined, as the hero considers the sister his best lead, and worse thinks that she IS her sister. Her irresponsible, wild-with-men sister. There's not much mystery as to who the bad guy is, but the suspense as to when he and his goons will show up hovers in the background until the gripping, scary climax.
The romance is both touching and extremely hot. Auri and Grace both have issues. I really felt for him - his childhood left him unable to bear being touched (he usually handcuffs his sex partners). I wanted to hug this strong, sexy, yet vulnerable man (I wouldn't have minded the cuffs either). His Creole phrases were hot, his tattoo was hot, his bursts of jealousy were hot. Grace's issues seemed less important by comparison - she was the straitlaced twin and was afraid of bad boys and her attraction to them. I could understand that her father's desertion made her believe that bad boys never stick around, and the bad boy teens she counseled weren't any better. But I still think she went too far, pushing the hero away when he clearly needed her. The scene where he asks her at the end to have sex with him one last time and touch him, so he would know what it's like to make love like a normal man, damn near made me cry. So it riled me that she still planned to leave, cuz of her he's-a-bad-boy-so-won't-stick-around mantra. Oh and some loser teens needed her back home, who cares? But this was a small blemish on an otherwise awesome romance. Highly recommend! ...more
This is an exciting, sexy trio of stories with hot, dominant men and lots of steam. You won't be disappointed.
That said, the first story by JenniferThis is an exciting, sexy trio of stories with hot, dominant men and lots of steam. You won't be disappointed.
That said, the first story by Jennifer Dunne was my least favorite. It started off well but got bogged down in business talk. The heroine was an efficiency expert, some background was nice but just too many pages were given over to discussion of business strategy. The sex scenes didn't quite do it for me either: hot wax and being wrapped in plastic like a leftover sandwich - so not my thing. 3 stars
The next story by Madeline Oh was livelier. Lots of sexual tension and build-up, until both the heroine and I wanted to strangle the hero and tell him to get on with it already. But when Jud finally shows up in a pirate costume and "captures" his helpless "maiden", yowza! Let's just say that Black Jack and Lady Katherine have a rip-roaring good time. Their antics left a huge grin on my face. Nice spanking too! 5 stars
The final story by Dominique Adair may be my favorite. I loved the Cajun setting and the Cajun hero. David saw what he wanted and went after it, er ... her. Nice spanking scene here too! This story is quite a bit shorter than the others and I wished it had been longer. 5 stars ...more