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REVIEW: Redline Lover by Charlene Teglia

Dear Ms. Teglia:

1258Thank you for sending this novella to me for review. I know, having read erotic romance* for several years, that here is a real skill in delivering believable and sexy consummation scenes. You have that skill and I appreciated the delivery of that content. The overall construct, perhaps because of the length, was problematic.

Maggie Parker and Adam Richards were a couple until Maggie up and left one day, leaving Adam sleeping and a post it note breaking up with him.   She moved to Chicago to take a job with a magazine.   When Maggie’s sister gives birth to a son alone and abandoned by her husband, Maggie returns to her hometown near Washington, D.C..   Of course, that puts her back into proximity with Adam.

Adam feels like there was unfinished business between them and proposes that Maggie have sex with him until she leaves for Chicago again.   Adam wants to sex Maggie out of his system.   Maggie is given a remote assignment to come up with a story about Adam, race car driver who leaves it all behind to start a mechanic shop.

I wasn’t sure why Adam and Maggie started dating in the first place and I never got a sense of where their relationship was when she left.   They obviously had communication issues. Maggie never explained to him that she was searching for jobs outside the D.C. area and Adam never explained why he gave up competitive racing.   Some of the conversations they had was if they had never dated before.     Adam really didn’t see Maggie’s departure coming.   He was curiously even keeled about Maggie leaving him.   He was more frustrated and wondering if his strong desire for her had driven her away.

There are great little touches here and there that convey a lot of emotion and provide great setting but the coherency of the story lost me from time to time.   I was confused about how Maggie could maintain any journalistic integrity by sleeping with Adam and I was confused about Adam’s desire to both push Maggie away and sex them both into exhaustion.   For example, Adam swung back and forth after their first sexual encounter.   First he leaves her on the bed, wanting more and hoping that she is gone when he is done with his shower.    When she comes in to the bathroom to say goodbye, he draws her into the shower and they proceed to satisfy each other. I needed something to signal his own internal conflict if that is what you wanted me to read into this. If he wanted to fuck her out of his system, why did he engage in delayed gratification to heighten sensory satisfaction?

I did love the explanation of what the redline was and I wish that this were teased out even more. I thought it was an interesting concept that was brought up but never fully integrated.

There was a nice circling of around for Maggie, from running away to staying and deciding to risk Adam’s rejection in order to find out if they could be together.   As I said in my opening, your sex scenes are always well done and this book is no different.   I wished that there was more cohesiveness in the character motivations.   C

Best regards,


This book can be purchased at Samhain in DRM Free multiformat.

* I’m not sure I would tag this an erotic romance. I didn’t find the scenes to be any more erotic than in a Blaze.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. anon
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 09:39:43

    The book doesn’t sound like it’d work for me – novellas so rarely do. But what I really don’t know is what to say about the car bursting forth from his loins. What IS that? (well clearly he has a race car like penis, but really…)

  2. jmc
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 09:55:10

    I don’t have anything thoughtful to say about the book itself. But the cover art screams for jokes about cars as penis substitutes.

  3. Silver James
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 10:37:00

    If SBTB doesn’t snag this one for cover snark….just sayin’!

  4. Chicklet
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 11:04:23

    Thank goodness I’m not the only pervert person who noticed the car zooming out of the guy’s crotchular area.

  5. Charlene Teglia
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 12:24:39

    Jane, thanks for reading and reviewing, and you guys are not the first to make penis/car jokes. *g* I just stare at that ripped torso, myself.

  6. SonomaLass
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 13:53:18

    Yeah, I don’t think I could get past the cover. Owie!

  7. GrowlyCub
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 14:11:24

    That’s where my mind went too and right to ‘can’t wait for the Bitches to snark *that*’. :)

  8. hapax
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 21:02:09

    It wasn’t the automojo that bothered me on the cover so much as that really nasty rash. Excuse me, it looks like your crotch is on fire…

  9. Anon76
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 08:26:01

    You guys see a car? Man, must clean my monitor. To me it looks like he’s straddling an undersized lawn mower.

    And thanks for being a good sport, Charlene

  10. DS
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 09:49:46

    I didn’t read the post first time through but I did look at the cover and thought it was the engine on a train.

    So is the car driving out of his crotch or into his crotch?

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