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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy



Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (130 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

On the road to forever, anything goes…

An Out of Uniform story.

Carson Scott is the king of one-night stands, so a naughty encounter with a sexy brunette in a nightclub supply closet is right up his alley. When his mysterious seductress disappears, he’s blindsided by an unfamiliar emotion—disappointment. One thing’s for sure…if he ever encounters his lady of the evening again, he won’t let her slip away so easily.

Between her catering business, family issues, and her broken heart, Holly Lawson has too much on her plate to think about committing to a serious relationship. Hot, sweaty, anonymous sex with a Navy SEAL…now that sounds like the perfect appetizer to take the edge off. With no plans to ever see him again, she indulges in a fling. Only to come face to face with him weeks later while working a wedding.

Worse, Carson is hell-bent on the one thing she doesn’t want. The R word. She has no intention of falling for him, but in the face of his seductive, mind-changing methods, her resistance is crumbling…

Warning: This title contains a ridiculously hot Navy SEAL, a sassy heroine, and sex in a supply closet. Read only if you have time to take a cold shower afterwards. Graphic sex, explicit language.

Good things really can come from a one-night stand. You just have to do a little looking to find it. Such is the story of Holly and Carson in the Heat of Passion.

Ms. Kennedy writes a compelling novella. Her characters are intelligent and cunning. Carson knows he wants Holly and he needs to figure out how to convince her that she needs him. Problem? Holly is the youngest member of her family, but the most responsible since the death of her mother. She’s the go-to woman and acts like a doormat. This makes the story very relatable to the reader. We all know people who are so responsible that they forget themselves, or that could be ourselves. At the same time, we can relate to Carson’s desire to have her all to himself. When we find what we want, we tend to want that with zeal.

Although I wished she hadn’t been so yielding to her family and hadn’t kept Carson at arm’s length for so long, these very things made the story more human and more interesting. Each time they spent time together, you could feel the passion between them even though it was more evident on his part.

If you want a sexy, alpha male hero and a sweet heroine, grab a copy of Heat of Passion and lose yourself in the story. I give this novella 4 ½ books.

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