Friday, October 23, 2009

Book Review -- With Extreme Pleasure

I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC of Alison Kent's With Extreme Pleasure,which releases this December. (Published December 2009 by Brava Books - 320 pages) Genre is contemporary Romance (man-woman).

After three weeks in Manhattan, Kingdom Trahan is ready to get back to bayous, crawfish boils, and afternoons fishing on the Gulf. But before he can pull out of the parking garage, he meets a curvy detour. King noticed Cady Kowalski on the photo shoot he just endured -- sexy and confident, with a waifish look that belies the way she corralled him into submission using only a can of hairspray. Yet Cady isn't confident now. She's bruised, edgy, and desperate to get out of town.

For years, Cady has been looking over her shoulder, wondering when the gang of drug-running criminals who killed her brother would make their move on her. She's grown used to having no one to turn to, no one to trust. But King isn't walking away -- not even when their lives are threatened, again and again. Drawing Cady's pursuers out of hiding is the only way to end this, and it's also the most reckless thing they can do...short of diving into a red-hot affair from which there's no turning back.

This was the first time I'd read anything by Alison Kent and it won't be the last! While there are characters in this book from Kent's Smithson Group series, and is likely considered part of that series, it stands alone well.

The story pulled me right in and held me all the way to the satisfying end. It was a richly layered fast pace read, a blending of suspense and sexual tension.

The characters are beautifully detailed and multi-faceted. Kent made me care about King and Cady and for them to find happiness with one another. And in the whirlwind pace of this story that says something because I completely believed in the romance...could see it happening. In my writing research, I've learned to have a believable Whirlwind Romance you need ten things -- Confession, Danger, Failure, Honesty, Laughter, Risk, Sacrifice, Support, Teamwork, and Vulnerability -- and Kent nails every last one!

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