I’ve been writing and revising a lot so my reading has fallen behind but I have read some verra good stuff in the last weeks!
Maya Banks’ For Her Pleasure – this is Maya’s first offering from Berkley and aside from a gorgeous cover, it’s a really good book too. It’s three interconnected stories – or really two stories that are more like chapters and then another story. The first couple, or rather triad is made up of childhood friends, Kit, Ryder and Mac. Mac has been in love with Kit a long time and he and Ryder have protected her but Kit suffered through a violent assault and they’re all attempting to deal with it. Banks brings the threesome together in a lovely way. Banks weaves in some emotional issues for each one of the group and they carry over into the second chapter of their story as well. Nicely drawn tension and she deals with the workings of a contemporary menage quite well. The sex is varied and totally tingleworthy.
In Mia’s story, we get a full treatment of the woman we get a glimpse of in What She Needs. Jack finally gave in to his desire for Mia but then had to leave suddenly and disappear on an assignment. But Mia doesn’t know why he’s left and she’s now in a big jam and being used and threatened. Jack comes back into her life and has to deal with Mia’s heartbreak, her distrust and whatever she’s running from and won’t share with him. Again, skillfully drawn emotional tension and smoking hot chemistry and sexin.
Grab it. You won’t be sorry.
A Touch of Minx by Suzanne Enoch – Oh how I loved this book. I devoured it in one night! In this next chapter in the Sam and Rick story, Rick is dancing around wanting to marry Sam. In typical Sam and Rick fashion there is Rick pulling her closer, Sam liking it but knowing she’s letting her old life go so she’s freaked and pushes him back. Hot sex ensues followed by a deepening of intimacy between them and one less defense against Rick. It’s all written with clever dialog and touching scenes.
Tom Donner is really beginning to work my nerves though. He’s an ass and at this point, I’m just sick of his character and I wonder why Rick is his best friend when he spends so much time trash talking Sam.
We get some worry about Stoney and some fun, caperish goodness too. I totally recommend it.
Cindy Gerard – To The Edge – I hang my head in shame to tell you I hadn’t read any of her books! I know. But now I have a stack of the rest of her EDEN books because I really do love her voice.
To The Edge features a very well done push/pull romance story with an excellent suspense storyline as well. We’ve got Nolan, a former Army Ranger dealing, or rather not dealing, with a lot of guilt and feelings of failure for the men he couldn’t save. And Jillian, a socialite who at first glace seems shallow and silly but as we see, she’s much more than where she came from.
The scenes between them are tense and heartbreaking in parts and I think really, despite having such a strong male hero, it’s Jillian who shines here and who is, quite truthfully, a far stronger person than Nolan is.
Anway, I really enjoyed the book and my first Cindy Gerard won’t be my last.
Suzanne Enoch – Twice the Temptation this one does a dual novella treatment – half historical, half contemporary giving a tiny appetizer of Rick and Sam and Rick’s ancestor and his lady love.
I like Enoch’s historicals as well as her contemporaries and I really liked the book. I think Evangeline’s character really made the first novella shine. She’s a great character, funny and capable of self reflection. Nicely drawn chemistry and it worked for who these people were. And heck, how can you not like a Rick and Sam story?