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Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy
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Dec 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-romance, december-2011, erotica, military, short-stories-novellas
Read from December 07 to 08, 2011

We first met Navy SEAL Carson Scott in book #1, Heat of the Moment. This story picks up six months afterwards, and Carson is attending John and Shelby's stag/bachelorette party at a nightclub. Seeing his friends so ridiculously in love sparks off a little bit of envy followed by a bout of contemplation over his life thus far. He's tired of his wild ways of one night stands and kinky sex. He wants to give a relationship with one woman a try. That plan is momentarily thrown off kilter when a sexy woman named Jessica asks him to dance. They end up in the supply closet of the club where they rock each other's world. As soon as it's over, she disappears, much to Carson's disappointment.

Holly Lawson is still recovering from her broken heart because her boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. She's at work, a caterer at John and Shelby's wedding reception when she sees the hunky SEAL from her one night stand. Surprise! The surprise is mutual. Carson seems to think it's fate that brings the two of them together, and now he put his plan in motion to ask her on a date and do the normal thing. Things don't go as planned when she tells him that all she wants is sex, a fling. Determined to stick to his guns, Carson turns her down saying that those wild days of his are over and that he wants more. She tells him that if he changes his mind, to give her a call.

A few days go by and neither can get the other out of their head. Holly waits around hoping her sexy SEAL will call and agree to her terms; Carson isn't sure what he should do. His friend, Will suggests he should give in and bed her then work on her for the more. Sounds like a sound plan, right?

This story was really cute, mainly because of Carson. It's ironic that the one time Carson decides to do what most women want, he ends up falling for one who wants the exact opposite. She claims it's because of her bad break up, and her schooling, her job and the fact that she's responsible for her family, who can't seem to function without her doing everything for them at the drop of a hat. Since the death of her mother, she's been the caretaker to everyone in her family. She knows they're taking advantage of her mercilessly, but she can't say no. In short, she's a pushover. Will she realize in time that she might be giving up the best thing that's happened to her, and will Carson's dream come true?

The chemistry was super hot, and Carson was just delectable. Holly came across as an annoying youngster, despite being 24. When a boyfriend breaks up with you after six months, is it really that big of a tragedy? I found her to be a demanding nympho when it came to distracting Carson from talking to her about a relationship. So with that said, I didn't really like her at all. Still a good short, steamy story.


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