This romantic suspense Other books by this author include Chicks Kick Butt, The First Sin, The Second Betrayal, Forbidden Fantasies, The Temptation, Styx's Storm, Moving Violations, Cops and Cowboys, B.O.B.'s Fall, "Dragon Prime", Primal, Live Wire, Navarro's Promise, Forbidden Pleasure, Beyond the Dark, Black Jack, Tempting the Beast, Dangerous Pleasure, Maverick, Man Within, Midnight Sins, Wild Card, Tied with a Bow, Lawe's Justice, Deadly Sins, Stygian's Honor, Surrender to Fire, Nauti Temptress, Submission & Seduction, Wicked Sacrifice, Secret Sins, Nautier and Wilder, Shameless Embraces, Wicked Pleasure, Only Pleasure, Guilty Pleasure, Wicked Lies, Twin Passions, Nauti Enchantress, Shattered Legacy, Intense Pleasure, Knight Stalker, Enthralled, Secret Pleasure, Red-Hot Summer
Three short stories which involve men in uniform, sort of.
Lora Leigh‘s “Sheila’s Passion” is interesting, but Leigh needs to come up with a better premise for the driving purpose behind this. Her bad guy is chasing down someone he sees as betraying the family “trust”, an Italian mob family’s responsibilities to those under them. Gio “betrayed” all who relied upon him by loving his daughter and protecting that love. Now, the son whom Gio taught about love has escaped the Family. Disguised himself. So the bad guy is hunting for Beauregard and hurting, torturing, killing anyone close to any man he suspects might be Beau. It’s his excuse. I ain’t buyin’ it.
So, this particular storyline has the bad guy focused on Shelia Rutledge and Nick Casey. Shelia’s father Captain Douglas Rutledge is in charge of an intelligence post. One of the groups which gather intel is headquartered in/at Ethan Cooper’s bar where Nick works as a bouncer where Sheila picks up the intel and how she met Nick. Both Nick and Sheila have their particular aversion to getting romantically involved so there’s the usual give-and-take until a crisis forces them to acknowledge it. The romance in this is good, typical Lora Leigh; it’s the underlying premise that really drags this down.
Cheyenne McCray‘s “Deadly Dance” is cute with the very protective Detective Adam Boyd, NYPD, falling in love with a witness who is threatened by the release from jail of her attacker. Keri Holliday was on the verge of a breakthrough in her ballet career when her boyfriend Edward Carter “objected” to her dumping him. Well, the twit did make the mistake of threatening to take her evidence about him to the police… It’s a nice, sweet story but no great drama.
Red Garnier‘s “Caught” is a clash between twin brothers, one of whom is a sociopath who kills their parents. The other goes on to a career in law enforcement determined to make up for his twin as well as what he sees as his own failures. It’s years later that Cody Nordstrom encounters Megan again. The same Megan over whom he and Ivan clashed. The same Megan he doesn’t feel worthy of. The same woman who loves Cody and, this time, won’t take no for an answer. This is the best of the three IMO even though I’m getting really tired of the “poor me” routine.
The Cover and Title
The cover is yellow, blue, and hot pink: the authors, the background, and the title, respectively. A man in trousers is facing away with his left hand behind his back clasping a set of handcuffs.
The title…hmmm…yes, it’s about men in uniform and I’d say it was more lukewarm than hot.