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Monday, June 7, 2010

Hidden Desires by Elle Kennedy

Hidden Desires by Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Length: Short (102 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Jasmine

Solving a cold case has never been hotter.

Life just isn’t fair. Not only is fashion designer Rachel Foster on the wrong side of a locked dressing room door in nothing but her underwear, her humiliation is worse than public. It’s witnessed by the one man she never wanted to see again: Travis Gage, the man who pushed her sister to suicide.

In a flash, old wounds—and long-forgotten feelings—lie raw and exposed to his hot, desiring gaze.

Seeing Rachel all grown up and sexy jolts Travis with a surge of lust—and the shock of learning she blames him for her sister’s death. His skills as a cold-case detective are exactly what she needs to solve the mystery and lay her sister’s ghost to rest. But first, he has to convince Rachel he’s innocent…and that she can trust him.

And if she winds up in his bed in the process, he won’t be complaining…

Elle Kennedy’s Hidden Desires simply blew me away. This heart-wrenching story is sensual, sophisticated, and guaranteed to make you cry, so be sure you have a box of Kleenex handy before you begin reading this fantastic story. The pain that Rachel Foster and Travis Gage have endured over the years is enough to bring any superhero to their knees, even on their best day. I was engrossed in this captivating story from page one and read it in one sitting. Hidden Desires is a sensual story about love, loss, and letting go of the past in order to embrace the future and if you’re like me, you’ll find difficult to put down once you start reading it.

Rachel Foster is a strong woman who comes from a less than desirable childhood, and yet she’s the glue that holds it all together. You can’t help but admire her, be inspired by her, and feel sorry for her. I instantly fell in love with her character and at times found myself weeping for all the suffering she endured at the hands of her family and others who were just plain mean. It’s obvious that her strength, intelligence and kindheartedness are what make Travis fall in love with her. They are truly soul mates in every essence of the word.

Although Travis Gage is one ruggedly handsome alpha male with a bank account that would give even Donald Trump a run for his money, his compassion and sensitivity to Rachel’s needs will make you fall in love with him over and over again. Stunned by Rachel’s accusation that he’s the reason her sister committed suicide and determined to prove her wrong, both set out on a quest to find the truth and put the past where it belongs…in the past. But somewhere along the way, they find each other. Will a man who feels the need to save every damsel in distress finally get saved by the one woman who can make him whole? Will the damsel open her heart for the first time and let love in? Only time will tell.

Hidden Desires is a well-written, humorous, heart-wrenching, sensual story that will make you laugh and cry as the characters come to life before your very eyes. I will also have you begging for more with the turn of every page as the sexual tension between Rachel and Travis becomes so combustible that it destroys everything in its path, then Hidden Desires is definitely the book the to read. This is one emotional rollercoaster ride you don’t want to miss. Bravo Ms. Kennedy! You’ve hit a home run with Hidden Desires and I’d definitely recommend it to all my friends.

I would love a story about Rachel’s assistant Suzanna and maybe a little follow-up to see how Rachel and Travis are doing. Hint! Hint! *grin*