Dear Ms. Leigh:
My friends love you. Generally, I love things my friends love. Unfortunately, the categorical syllogism ends there. While this story features a stronger, more emotionally secure heroine than I have seen in previous Leigh books, the implausability of the plot and the tiresome machinations of the hero left me deflated.
Morganna Chavez has always loved Clint McIntire, her brother’s best friend. For years, however, he’s been seemingly immune to her charms. Seemingly being the operative word. Clint is as attracted to Morganna even before it was appropriate for him to do so. He’s never acted on it because he does not believe he can love anyone given his terrible childhood. However, when Morganna, a newly minted DEA agent, is spotted at one of his favorite BDSM haunts and placed in danger, Clint is forced to confront his feelings for Morganna.
What makes this work, when it does work, is when Morganna is standing up for herself. She knows that Clint is attracted to her and she knows that he fights his attraction. She just doesn’t know the reason. She calls him on his emotional cowardice instead of being hurt by his intentional pushing her away from him. Morganna is a heroine you can get behind.
Where this book really stumbles is everywhere else. The DEA plot is convoluted and breaks every law out there. How a CIA operative can just rustle up his own team, take over a DEA sting operation, go around killing people and suffer no consequences (not to mention the club owner engaging in this operation) strains even the most generous suspension of disbelief.
Much is made of Clint’s BDSM tendencies but it is never really acted upon with Morganna. A person so devoted to Clint’s purported BDSM lifestyle to the point he retains the rights to an exclusive room in an high priced club but never once engages in BDSM activity made it seem like the author was playing at being Dangerous but never really following through. Finally, Clint seemed to be quite whiny and at times I wondered why a strong and vibrant heroine like Morganna would want to tie her wagon to such a brooding horse.
This story has action, suspense and plenty of sex but requires the reader to completely give herself over to the author. I wasn’t able to but others might. C.