Weekly Reader

Hi y'all! Only two books this week and one was for my Reading Corner. Next week, hopefully, will be better.

Professional art restorer Emily Greene is in no mood to see the devil-may-care Max Aries. She hasn't forgotten - or forgiven - the way Max dropped into her life a year ago, stole her heart, then vanished without a word. Max hadn't kept in touch with his father, Daniel, either. Daniel Aries had been a master of art restoration and reproduction, and not only Emily's longtime mentor, but a trusted friend. His unexpected suicide devastates her. And when the prodigal playboy Max returns, her welcome is less than warm - even though his timely arrival in her bedroom saves her from a lethal intruder. But her fury gives way to fear when Max reveals that his father's death was actually murder . . . and that Emily's life is now in danger. Like it or not, to stay alive, Emily must put herself in Max's hands. And once upon a time, that wasn't such a bad place to be.

But what killer would target professional restorers of Renaissance artworks? Max suspects that a pencil sketch found in his father's studio, inscribed with a cryptic code, may hold the key. His hunch is confirmed when intel from his control at the counterterrorist organization T-FLAC reveals that the Black Rose terror cell is involved - a chilling revelation that elevates the threat level almost as high as the tension that's bristling between Max and Emily. Max isn't about to take his eyes off Emily - though only partly for professional reasons - and even Emily's rage over Max's take-charge attitude can't compare to her anger at herself for so long denying the truer, deeper feelings she has for him. As they crisscross Europe, piecing together the shocking clues to an insidious international plot, dodging increasingly lethal traps, and passionately making up for too much lost time, they realize that - in more ways than one - they can't live without each other. With no chance of turning back, Max and Emily must put their lives on the line, put their true feelings to the test . . . and get ready to take the heat.

This one got off to a slow start, slow for Cherry Adair books. By page eighty, I was beginning to wonder, but never fear. When it finally exploded, I could not put it down. Again another intriguing occupation for a heroine. This gets a solid 4 and is well worth the time.

She knew she was playing with fire . . . and was eager to burn.

The very thought of an innocent young woman—a teacher at a fusty finishing school—modeling for a series of titillating photographs to be sold at London's bookstalls is scandalous. But orphaned Emily Clemens's destitute circumstances have left her little choice. It is all part of her plan to capture the attention of some well-heeled roué ·ho will then make her his pampered mistress. So the untouched beauty sheds her outer garments—and her inhibitions—to strike provocative poses before the lens of handsome photographer Eric Twyford.

But each seductive attitude she assumes is stoking a fire within that Emily never knew existed—and the heat is spurring her on to ever-greater heights of sensuous abandon. Still, the devilishly desirable Eric, a consummate professional, remains unmoved by her erotic display. If Emily cannot arouse a man in the flesh, what hope does she have as a black-and-white postcard?

She has already gone far beyond the boundaries of propriety. Now Emily's brazenly determined to go even farther—to seduce Eric, letting him take her to intoxicating places she has never been. But once she has reached ecstasy, will she ever be able to leave?

This one is a 4+G keeper. Erotica at its best with incredible build up and stunning sensuality. If Emily was a little single minded at times and Eric a tad bit geeky to his photography, oh well. All was forgiven as the foreplay and the act itself was very well done. I have other gripes, but will visit those on the reading corner. Please see the Mistress post.

Yes. I broke down and went to Borders this week. I was appalled, though, that nothing jumped out at me AND I almost came home with nothing. I know. What's up with that? But stumbled on Jean Johnson The Sword and after reading one page knew I would like it. Bought both The Sword and the Wolf. Also ordered Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh to get started on that great series. Book 2 is enticing me on my nightstand, so I'm anxious for book one to come. And, of course, Alyssa Day and Nora Roberts are still in the stack by the bed.

May you not close your eyes on sleep this night until you've read a few words.

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