Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Review: Twin Temptation by Cara Summers

Title: Twin Temptation
Series: The Wrong Bed
Author: Cara Summers
Read copy: eBook
Published: June 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426834217
ISBN-13: 9781426834219

Maddie Farrell is about to get a double surprise—not only is she an heiress, she has a secret twin sister! What's more, their inheritance depends on temporarily switching places.

Unexpected bonus? Sex with her sister's superhot roommate, Jase Campbell! But he's just a passing—if mind-blowing—distraction.

Because as soon as the twin switch is over, Maddie's heading home. Unless she can't outrun the killer who'd rather see her dead than inherit. Or Jase, who'd like to keep blowing her mind—permanently!


My rating:

Unfortunately, this story didn’t live up to the expectations brought on by the previous two books. It’s not a series per se, the authors themselves describe their work as a two-book series, but the works are all tied loosely into a "people mix-up" miniseries—appropriately titled Wrong Bed: Again and Again.

Anyway, Leslie Kelly’s two stories have set quite a high standard to follow and Cara Summers just wasn’t up to the task. Hopefully it was just a one-book fluke and the next one will be a vast improvement. I certainly hope so.

To me it seemed the author had a hard time deciding on the genre. At first the suspense subplot kept distracting me from the romance, but slowly I was rather thankful for the aforementioned suspense subplot. At least it kept things lively around New York.

Why?

Because the romance blew. I don’t know if it could even be categorized as a romance, since it happened so suddenly I almost got a nosebleed. ... Okay, kidding on the nosebleed part. What bothered me was the speed with which everything evolved.

Maddie Farrell has learned that her mother, whom she thought died when she was a baby, actually died only a few days ago. And Maddie wasn’t an only child, but had a twin sister. Her mother’s will is specific, Maddie and her twin, Jordan, must spend the next three consequent weeks in each other’s shoes in order to prevent their mother’s business from being sold.

Maddie and Jordan promptly switch places, with Jordan leaving for Maddie’s Santa Fe ranch and Maddie for Jordan’s New York apartment. Poor, jet-lagged Maddie is so tired upon arrival, she crashes in the first bed she finds. Unfortunately, she crashes in the bed of Jordan’s roommate, an ex-special ops member, Jase.

Jase returns from a rescue mission in South America that same night, and upon finding a woman in his bed, thinks he’s only dreaming, she thinks she’s only dreaming, and they end up doing the hanky-panky. Imagine the surprise when they wake up and realize it wasn’t a dream, they actually slept together. Without knowing each other and without protection! Okay, the whole putting the glove on can sometimes get tiresome in a book, disrupting the flow so to speak, but it was never mentioned in this story which was a bit off-putting.

So, they have sex on their first pseudo-meeting, then they can’t keep their minds and hands off each other, they suddenly know each other after spending less than twelve hours together, and are madly in love by the end of the book—mere two days after they meet.
WTF?!

The only redeeming thing about this so-called romance was the fact Jase immediately knew Maddie wasn’t Jordan (imagine that, their smells didn’t match) and he didn’t feel a thing for Jordan (they were truly just friends), but with Maddie he went completely haywire. That was sweet.

It was the suspense that kept the entire story above water in the end. The robbery, murder, attempted murder, break-in etc. kept it interesting. And the fact only one part of the puzzle’s been resolved, left a nice cliffhanger for the next (final) story, and the resolution to take place on a cattle ranch near Santa Fe.

I’m actually looking forward to the next story. Mostly because I’m curious as to what the heck is going on, and I’m dying to meet Maddie’s neighbor (and would-be fianc√©), Cash. The cowboy and a city-bred businesswoman. That should keep things interesting, don’t you think?



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