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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Naked Detective by Vivi Andrews

The Naked Detective (Karmic Consultants Book 4) by Vivi Andrews
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: Hot
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Holly

What happens in Atlantic City…changes everything.

Karmic Consultants, Book 4

The “gift” that makes Ciara Liung the FBI’s prized secret weapon makes her existence more like a curse. Unable to bear human contact, she lives as a hermit, immersing herself in the water that gives her peace and amplifies her power.

Her new FBI handler, though, only believes what he can see. The problem? Her gift—the ability to psychically locate stolen jewels—only works in the nude.

Special Agent Nathan Smith can’t believe he’s expected to babysit some psychic finder. Psychic…right. An undercover op gone wrong may have left him a desk jockey—and Ciara’s charms are more distracting than he cares to admit—but he’s a field agent at heart. She’s working some kind of angle. It’s just a matter of time before he unravels it.

Sent to Atlantic City to recover a ruby necklace for Monaco’s royal family, both finder and Fed are pushed outside their comfort zones, and discover more than they ever believed possible. And when a trap is sprung, they realize they stand to lose much more than a sparkly stone...

Karmic Consultants is a fun series from Vivi Andrews. Her characters are always unique, and Ciara is no exception. Ciara is sassy and smart mouthed, and I loved how she handled the way her handler treated her. She becomes stronger throughout the story, and when her gift changes, and finally lets her experience touch again after ten years, I really laughed at they way she went a little bit overboard. I loved her attitude, both before and after the change. She was willing to do whatever necessary to convince Nate she wasn’t a fraud or a crook.

Special agent Nathan “Nate” Smith is delicious. Strong and very determined to believe the worst about Ciara, he is unshakable in his convictions, and determined to bring her in. After all, there are eighty-five cases linked to her, and he plans to be the one to put a stop to her shenanigans once and for all. Tall, handsome and sexy, he isn’t above using his recent line of duty injury to get what he wants, including threats to Karmic Consultants if Ciara doesn’t cooperate.

I enjoyed watching these two butt heads, and really enjoyed the ah-ha moment when Nate realized Ciara was the real deal. This is a fun adventure, and there are a couple of really interesting twists to the story that make this such a great reading experience. This is a terrific story for those who like the romantic “caper” stories, with just a light brush of danger and lots of sensuous heat thrown in.