Harlequin Lightning Reviews
Drop Dead Gorgeous by Kimberly Raye. The premise was that geek girl saw her geek boy bestfriend get super hot, super confident, and super sexy and she wanted that too. Except the reason that the geek boy bestfriend got super everything was because he got bit by a vampire and now he too was a vampire. As a vampire, he could make a woman want him. His nerd body transformed into a hard body that everyone in town wanted. I was disappointed that there was no emotional makeover other than that incited by his paranormal makeover. In other words, this guy would have never broken out of his shell if not for his supernatural power.
Geek girl, Meg Sweeney, has been making herself over since high school to turn from jock into girly girl, but she hasn’t been successful enough to make it onto the hot bachelorette list, “Tilly Townsend’s infamous Hot Chicks.” This bothers Sweeney so much that she attends humiliating classes with other members of her small town to discuss her orgasms and lack thereof. This book is over the top in nearly every aspect from the Hot Chicks list to the old ladies that attend “carnal classes.” C-
Tycoon’s One-Night Revenge by Bronwyn Jameson. Donovan Keane lost his memory and along with it a very profitable resort deal. He believes that Susannah Horton parlayed information he shared with her during this forgotten period in order to give the resort deal to her new fiance. Truth is that Susannah totally fell for Donovan but because he never contacted her after their short time together, she thought he moved on. Donovan has to stop the marriage so he can stop the consummation of the resort deal so he seduces Susannah. This story had very little conflict in it. Susannah wasn’t in love with her fiance. She was in love with Donovan and she wasn’t able to disguise that for a second. She appeared weak and out of control. Donovan was an ass throughout the story because he didn’t mind breaking up a marriage to be for profit reasons. Essentially this story contains two of my least favorite characters: the doormat heroine and the ass of a hero. C-
Primal Instincts by Jill Monroe. This book featured a dual romance with a brother and sister. Miriam Cole is always in control except when she is in the arms of her much younger lover, Jeremy Kelso. She had a one night stand with him (and what a night it was) in Oklahoma. Because he is so much younger than she is (15 years), she thinks he is just a fling and he would like to rock her world forever. Ian Cole is Miriam’s less responsible, rootless younger brother who is dispatched to make a sex anthropologist’s manuscript less academic and more sexy. Ava, the anthropologist, greets him at the door with no clothes and body paint.
The book is highly sexual because Miriam and Ian believe that the only thing that they are capable of are physical relationships. Ava and Jeremy show them how wrong they are with Ava’s research interspered to show how other cultures use sex to articulate more than physical desire. Both stories are shortened because of the word count requirements and I think that hampers the full development of the emotional arcs. However, it is still a quick and satisfying read. B-