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    Riveting erotic suspense story!

    This romantic suspense story is a bit of a departure for the author from her norm of erotic and contemporary romance. On first reading of the plot synopsis and from the look of the cover, one might expect a motorcycle club romance but that's not what this is. Instead it's the story of a man, Vince, who lives in the small town of Fortuity and believes that his friend's accidental death is really a murder. He meets Kim, there on a work assignment, at a local bar and desires her company, preferably in bed. It's also the story of a group of friends and the intertwining of their lives as they go about finding the truth behind their friend's death. Though in a way more formulaic than her other books, the author never-the-less manages to create a story full of intrigue, hot sex and the bonds of friendship. I was quite struck by the setting of the story. Fortuity is a dry, dusty, hot town and with these impressions one immediately thinks of how one would feel in those conditions. Thirsty, tired, angry, perhaps bitter - a place of strong emotions. Vince is such a man - big, strong, rough, tough, perfect for the bar setting where he meets Kim, the photographer for the casino project that Vince is trying to deter in fears that it will ruin his town. He desires Kim for sex and for the "in" she can get for him into the casino development. He is blunt with Kim - he wants her for sex, not love. He has nothing else to offer a woman in this town, and he knows she's not going to stick around long enough to have a relationship. Kim is feisty, determined, her own woman. Hours after breaking off her engagement to a man who never appreciated her, Vince's attraction to her is soul soothing and her feelings for him surprise her - sex with him won't be gentle and tender and she realizes (albeit not right away) that she wants what Vince is offering. Cara McKenna knows her way around a sex scene and these are no exception - well written, steamy, full of lust and passion. Yet as the two indulge in their affair, tenderness leaks out of both of them as their hearts become as entangled as their bodies. I enjoyed watching this change in their relationship over the course of the story. Besides the background romance, there are two other equal partners to the plot. Firstly is the murder mystery that is slowly unraveled. This creates several scenes of action and suspense. Secondly is the group of friends, the "Desert Dogs" and the dynamics of the interactions between them. New characters in the town spice things up as well and I quite enjoyed the group as a whole. They are true friends that can be counted on in any situation. What didn't I like? There was a small paranormal aspect to the story that I didn't' feel had much purpose other than to keep Kim in the town, which could have been accomplished without introducing it. Also as mentioned, the synopsis and cover gave a different impression of what the book would be about than it actually was and I felt that was misleading. However that being said my overall impression was that it was quite an enjoyable read, with interesting characters, a good plot, steamy sex and a love story to boot. I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series and discovering more about this group of friends. 4 stars!
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