Friday, January 30, 2009

Review: Rescue Me (anthology ) by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, Cindy Gerard

Title: Rescue Me
Series: T-FLAC, Temtping Seals
Author: Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, Cindy Gerard
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: July 1, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312948425
ISBN-13: 9780312948429

“Tropical Heat”
When Dr. Elizabeth Goodall is kidnapped and held captive in the African jungle, her only hope for rescue is counterterrorist operative Sam Pelton. But to escape from a brutal warlord, they must confront a powerful attraction that could prove more treacherous than the wilds of the jungle…

“Atlanta Heat”
Em Delaney has wanted bad-boy Macey March for as long as she can remember. But as a Navy SEAL under the command of her overprotective godfather, Macey is off-limits to Em…until a kidnapping attempt forces them to share tantalizingly close quarters—and a forbidden desire.

“Desert Heat”
Assistant D.A. Elena Martinez never wanted to fall for police detective Seth King. When they are teamed up on a charity hike in the Grand Canyon, however, their chemistry sizzles under the desert sun. But a vengeful drug lord is determined not to let them survive the canyon with their lives—and love—intact…

My rating:

A rescue mission turns steamy in Cherry Adair's Tropical Heat as counter-terrorist operative Sam Pelton hustles a small-town GP from the military/terrorist through the thick African jungle.
This was a pretty straightforward RS novella...Boy likes girl, but said girl is going through a divorce, so boy hangs back in fear of being the rebound lover, but when girl gets kidnapped, boy doesn't hesitate in taking a trip into the middle of Africa to rescue her and win her heart in the progress...Nothing much to say, really.

Another rescue mission turns steams (and squeeze-deadly) in Lora Leigh's Atlanta Heat when a Navy SEAL and the woman he's been lusting for for the past two years are forced to share very close quarters.
This one was almost the same as the first novella of this bunch, except the setting was in Atlanta and instead of the jungle the pair was stuck in a "panic room", there was an anaconda though.
Out of the entire cast I liked Drack, the pet snake the most. Macey wasn't my favorite hero, he was a just a tad too much of everything, while Em...I just wanted to slap her. Hard. Many times. Yeah, the conflict was there, the steam was there...It just fell a little flat.

In Cindy Gerard's Desert Heat a peaceful, charity-oriented hike through the Grand Canyon turns deadly when an old drug-lord decides to exact his vengeance on the DA and the cop that sent his boy to prison.
Now, this was a nice respite from the whole, "we were rescued, let's get in the sack". Well, Elena and Seth did, eventually get in the sack, but the rescue didn't come until the end...I liked Elena and Seth together, they truly made quite a pair, and with their shared sense of humor they really grew on me.
The romance did seem a bit rushed, but those were extraordinary circumstances after all. I appreciated Elena's backbone, unlike the other two heroines in this collection (one was afraid of birds and the other of snakes and the authors went into quite a discourse on those fears), she at least gave the impression she wasn't scared of anything. She sucked it up and moved forward...Well, in the end, she turned up to be as much a coward as the next gal when faced with the possibility of having her heart broken. Oh well, we can't have everything.
By the end I had a goofy grin plastered on my face, though. A cute finish to a good story.


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