Advance Reading Copy
Published: October 28, 2013, Loveswept
My rating: 3.5 of 5 ⭐️
Serena Macafee has a dark past she never seems to be able to leave behind. Assigned to work on a book with the reclusive and enigmatic sculptor, Kevin Riley, she joins him in his bayou retreat for their collaboration, where aside from the weather outside, things inside are quick to heat up as well.
Always leery of any kind of serious commitment, Serena is not adverse to convenient temporary indulgence, and Kevin most definitely can provide that. The occasional threatening phonecall she receives, barely penetrates her lust-induced haze and nothing is ever mentioned.
When Kevin starts voicing more permanent sounding feelings, and Serena can no longer deny her own, her panic sets in. Afraid of what love can do to her, she runs home to Baton Rouge where she finds her past catching up with her.
Kevin is torn between giving Serena her space and keeping her safe. Choose one and he could chase her away for good, choose the other and she could end up in the hands of a mad man.
Phew!!!! It's hot in here!
Even without ever having set foot in the sultry heat of the Louisiana bayou......I can now vividly imagine the sweaty, steamy sexy reality of it......
Great for a hot read, simply ok in terms of a story. The story was drowned out by all the heat, which is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that the scales tipped in one direction and the balance wasn't there. Clearly the focus was on the erotica and it was done very well. I thought the promise of the suspense portion of the book was great, but not nearly worked through and fleshed out to its full potential.
The characters lacked some context, especially Kevin, who, although super sexy with the Cajun tongue, really was provided with none. Serena we learn a bit about, but for instance there is mention that she has no or barely any contact with her parents, yet it really isn't clarified properly. It left me with more questions than answers.
Overall, this was a great late night read, when you are ready for bed or already in it!
✨Steam rises from this bayou collaboration!✨
**ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Entangled Blaze in return for an honest review.**