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erotica, romance that was published by St. Martin's Griffin on July 5, 2011 and has 293 pages.
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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Styx's Storm, Moving Violations, Cops and Cowboys, B.O.B.'s Fall, A Wish a Kiss a Dream, "Dragon Prime", Primal, Live Wire, Navarro's Promise, Forbidden Pleasure, Beyond the Dark, Black Jack, Tempting the Beast, Maverick, Man Within, Midnight Sins, Wild Card, Tied with a Bow, Lawe's Justice, Legally Hot, 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, Rule Breaker, "The One"
Twelfth in the Bound Hearts erotic series usually based around the Sinclair Club. I think Leigh used the word Sinclair once or twice in this story. Khalid and Marty have been engaged for a few months now.
It musta been dangerous. So dangerous that Leigh couldn’t take the time to bother with expanding past her outline. It’s the only excuse I can come up with as to the lousy job Leigh’s done in creating this story. Hardly anything holds together.
Why would Paige lose her job? One. All she has to do is call the office and arrange for leave. If she isn’t powerful enough, she or her brother, Khalid, know enough high-powered people to arrange it. Then her kidnapping. What? She knows that the situation is dangerous and she doesn’t bother to check who’s at the door? Maybe look out a peephole? This was the lamest plan. I can’t believe Leigh couldn’t create something more realistic.
Then after Abram rescues her from his insane father, Azir, he demands she drop the sheet she’s wearing. Sure, I completely understand Paige’s refusal but it’s so out of place that she simply leaps straight to “make me”. She’s been in love with him for, what, eight years. Leigh’s not going to go for the dramatic build-up? We don’t get any insight into her thought processes? It’s just “make me”???
Leigh’s lack of buildup eliminates any emotional reaction of the part of the reader to a simple “huh, what?”…yawn…
Then Leigh has Paige compare Abram’s dominating nature with the so many dominating men Paige has dated. Again, huh? Paige had already stated she’s only been with two men. Yes, I realize that Paige means sexually, but obviously Paige has not had any long-term relationships so I don’t get how Paige has all this experience.
When Leigh finally writes the scene where Abram and Paige are finally making love, Leigh is just going through the motions. I just want to get this book over with…
Someone was so not paying attention when Paige silently moans about how she’s so wet she’ll end up using all her panties within hours. Must not be that wet since she hasn’t any clothes. Then there’s the comment Abram makes about not having come but he’s spilled himself. Um…isn’t that a contradiction?? Especially when he follows this up with more talk of spilling himself inside her…???
Oh brother, then Leigh has Abram determined to not give his father and cousin, and therefore the Matawa (religious police) any ammunition to kill him meaning that he and Tariq won’t share her. And in practically the same breath he intends to share her in his father’s castle. Castle? In the Middle East? I didn’t know that any had survived from the Middle Ages… Palace maybe.
Then there’s the whole issue about the frozen funds and Abram turning 36 and giving his allegiance. There are some three or four different explanations for this.
And please, tell me that I couldn’t possibly be this stupid. Why hasn’t Paige told Abram and/or Tariq about what Azir revealed to her about his very in-depth knowledge of what is happening inside Khalid’s house in the States? Even when they get back to the States, Paige hasn’t told anyone.
Abram’s belief that his father and Jafar won’t come after Paige if he rejects her has got to be the stupidest idea. He has way more than ample proof that they know how he feels about her. Both he and Paige know how much Azir wants to punish her for her mother’s “crimes”. What universe are either of them…sorry, is Leigh living on?? And Paige is still questioning Jafar’s involvement? Then she’s thinking all the hullabaloo is over because Khalid got shot and she’s been told that Azir, Jafar, and his men have arrived in the States and they’re loaded for bear??!
Well, ya know, I’m kinda guessin’ they’d’a told someone at the debrief about Chalah’s involvement. And they still allow her unimpeded access into Khalid’s hospital room?? Then when Khalid’s house is attacked, Paige “considers it completely unfair that his gun was bigger than hers”. And it’s the first and last time there is any indication Paige has a gun.
This is a don’t buy-don’t bother reading book. Well, okay, it does advance the Khalid-Abram theme of their insane father and does provide a bit more background on their family. I don’t think it’s worth it though.
The Cover and Title
The cover is split into an image of a nude man toying with the strap of a woman’s slip as he kisses her shoulder. The author’s name is white against a red banded background through the middle, and the bottom band is black with part of the title in a red script and the other part in a sans serif white.
The title is what will be a Dangerous Pleasure when Abram’s enemies discover who he loves.