With her flexible voice and sophisticated performance, narrator Bethany Legare creates a lovely contrast between honey-voiced dog breeder Kelly Monroe and rough-around-the-edges Rick Latrobe. Kelly raises Caucasian Ovcharkas, a breed known for their ability to link minds with their owners. Kelly is astounded when her dog Xena bonds with Rick, only to find a surprising chemistry sparking between her and the tough Phoenix agent. But Xena starts sending Kelly signals of danger, and an attempt is made on Rick's life. When the trio becomes involved in a dangerous mission, the erotic charge between Kelly and Rick turns into full-blown fireworks.
Book 3 in the Phoenix Agency series.
Kelly was shocked when her Caucasian Ovcharka, Xena, bonded with Rick Latrobe. The dogs are known for linking with only their owners. She's even more shocked at the intense sexual heat that sizzles between her and Rick. When she tumbles into bed with him at the very first opportunity, experiencing a night of erotic bliss in his arms, she knows they have something special.
But Xena is very much aware when an attempt is made on Rick's life, and the dog drives Kelly crazy with signals of danger. Rick is nearly killed and Kelly and Xena are ferried to the secret clinic where he's recovering. As Rick heals and they race to find the mastermind behind the attempted murder, the lust between them heats to the boiling point.
©2011 Desiree Holt (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Sexing too fast & unconvincing romance"
Now I like sex in my book choices, but the H & h jumped into hard-n-heavy sexy within 40 minutes of the start of the book. Making an immediate connection & immediate attraction or totally reasonable, and even a one-night stand is. But all that went on in that first night of sex, before they even knew each other and knew what each one was down for, seemed implausible unless one is hooking up on Craig’s List or something. At least then, I assume folk know they are hooking up to get down and dirty & each person is down for whatever. That scenario just didn’t seem to work for the H & h. So a poor start to the book caused me concern. Add to that the h’s dialogue with her dog, and their ability to read each other’s minds, and I was tempted to stop listening before getting an hour into the book. More bad news is that all of the dialogue between the H & h center on sex but is suppose to exemplify a deeper, more meaningful connection, which it does not. There is no balance of the sex with romance, with courting, with wooing, with the unveiling of each other to the other. It’s all so superficial, and therefore, unconvincing of it representing a connection, much less love. Too, the h was presented as a woman who added insight and strength to the H’s team, and I just didn’t buy it. The examples used to make her appear as an added benefit were things that any person would know or see; no insight was necessary. Little worked in this story for me. I forwarded through much of the last part and was just happy when it was over.
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