First up is "Wild Fantasy," by Janelle Denison, the final book in Harlequin Temptation´s Fantasies, Inc. series. Nicole Britton and Mitch Lassiter are paired up for a Survivor-type competition on Wild Fantasy this time out. But can this straight-laced guy manage to capture the adventurous woman he loves? Nicole´s got some family issues to overcome before she can believe in Mitch´s love, but you know somehow, some way, they will be together. And along the way, the steamy attraction between them rivals the steam heat in a jungle. I was a bit disappointed to learn, though, that Merrilee, the Fantasies, Inc. owner I´ve mentioned in reviewing the previous books, isn´t getting her own book. Instead, her story is tied up in this one. I´m giving this one three of Cupid´s five arrows.
Next up is
Highwayman by Anne Kelleher (Jove´s Irish Eyes). Elizabeth Wentworth is due to wed Lord Neville, so her father´s carted her along to Ireland to see the family´s holdings. But is Elizabeth falling in love with the man who robbed them on their trip, or with her husband-to-be? While this is pleasant enough reading, it is a bit predictable, and I have to say, I liked one of Ms. Kelleher´s previous books, "Love´s Labyrinth" much better. Elizabeth isn´t one of my favorite heroines, though I can´t quite put my finger on what I didn´t like. I´m giving this one two arrows.
Finally, we have Suzanne Forster´s
Angel Face (Berkley). Am I the only person who thinks Ms. Forster needs to write faster? It´s been way too long for me since her last book. Dr. Jordan Carpenter can´t imagine why the CIA would come to him to request his help in catching a killer, even after they explain her past and her recent crimes. But when he meets Angela Lowe, he doesn´t know what to believe. Is she a killer or an innocent? And who would try to frame her for something so terrible if she is innocent as she claims? This book has all Ms. Forster´s trademark plot twists that´ll keep you guessing till the end, and the super-sensuality level that will make you wish you had a cold drink handy, and I wasn´t disappointed. This one earns four arrows. My only consolation now is that instead of waiting over a year for her next book is that Ms. Forster will have a novella in the first contemporary Brava anthology this fall. Yippee!
Until next week, happy reading!
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