Author: Lisa Marie Rice
Read copy: eBook
Published: July 31, 2007
"I don't want to be alone tonight."
Caroline Lake can hardly believe she would ever say these words to someone she'd never met before. When a tall, dark stranger arrives wanting to rent a room in her beautiful empty shell of a mansion, she hesitates. Though she is in dire financial straits, the man looks dangerous—dangerously sexy. She's overwhelmed by the desire he sparks in her—hotter than anything she's ever felt before, making her ache to experience his sensuous touch. But who is this armed and mysterious man with danger following in his wake? He's not who she thinks he is . . .
Jack Prescott has wanted Caroline forever. He has spent the past twelve years dreaming of her, desiring her, while fighting in some of the worst hellholes on earth. Now he's back, with twenty million dollars in blood diamonds and a relentless enemy stalking him. But this time Jack's determined that nothing will stop him from finally making Caroline his.
Another yes-and-no book for me. Yes, for the male lead and his cute stalker-ish ways and love for the heroine, the villain, the plot, and the nice creepy feeling of a small town in the middle of the blizzard (I love such minimalistic, "silent", compact settings).
No, for the bland heroine - I got the feeling she didn't have much of a personality, her woeful little back story that got old too fast, and the rather abrupt (though I was prepared for it) ending. I feel this book could've used a chapter more, to expand on the final action sequence in the blizzard, and the final resolution between the leads, because what we got just didn't cut it.
But, thanks to the good (though sometimes templateish) writing, great characterization for the two leading men, and the minimalistic setting, this was still a great little suspense novel.
P.S. Lucky for me the next one is longer...And the third stars the intriguing Victor "Drake" Drakovich that immediately caught my eye in his short, yet memorable appearance. Looking forward to it.