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Published: October 28, 2013, Loveswept
My rating: 3 of 5 ⭐️
As the only woman on her homicide squad, star investigator Genevieve Delacroix maintains a tough-as-nails attitude that keeps men at arm’s length. She never gives in to her secret fantasies—until she meets a mysterious stranger who teaches her how little control she really has over her mind or her body.
Cole Adams arrives in New Orleans believing Genevieve is his last hope for solving the murder of his younger sister. He just doesn’t expect the hard-bitten detective to look like a blond bombshell. Once he breaks through her inhibitions, he soon finds an unexpected obsession driving Genevieve right to the edge of desire . . . and beyond. But when the serial killer who has been terrorizing the streets of the French Quarter sets his sights on Genevieve, they realize that they both have let down their guard. And losing control can have fatal consequences.
A highly erotic book with a decent underlying suspense story. Unfortunately for me, the book was out of balance, heavily favouring the erotic sequences which were descriptive in great detail. It was almost as if the remainder of the book was written to tie one erotic sequence to the other, with much less detail and inner dialogue description. Because the suspense topic was such an intense one, it felt it didn't get the 'due' it deserved.
Perhaps because of that, I had a hard time finding the characters credible. They seemed so completely absorbed and consumed by sexual desire and hunger at all times, that everything else disappeared. It just doesn't seem like a realistic condition for a man who has done nothing but be obsessed with his sister's death, or a woman whose dedication to her job was absolute, prior to meeting each other.
The interpretation of what can almost be described as a switch dominant/submissive relationship seemed, if anything, rather erratic and rooted in frustration and anger, and that didn't sit well with me. Not that I know a whole lot about the lifestyle, but it sure felt like a slippery slope and left me slightly uncomfortable.
On the whole, the writing is good, the story certainly has enough potential and if it had more balance and a better rhythm, I would rate it higher.
✨The search for sexual fulfillment and a serial killer!✨
**ARC provided by NetGalley and Loveswept in return for an honest review.**