Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review - Into the Fire, Anne Stuart

By Amy Romine
Jamie Kincaid knows that she can’t move on with her life until she has answers. And she’s walking straight into the fire to find them. 
A year ago Jamie learned that her beloved cousin, Nate, had been killed. Beaten to death in what police suspect was a drug deal gone wrong, he was found by his childhood friend Dillon Gaynor. Dillon had always been the baddest of the bad boys, leading Nate astray, about Nate’s death. He’s not about to volunteer any information, and Jaime’s only choice is to head to the Wisconsin town where he lives to find the answers for herself. 
Jamie shows up unannounced on Dillon’s doorstep, only to find that Dillon is as dangerous and seductive as she remembers. But despite his silky hostility, she discovers that she can’t leave. Things start disappearing, strange accidents begin to happen and Jamie doesn’t know whether Dillon is trying to seduce her or scare her away. And if she gives in to his predatory games, will she lose her soul? Or her life? 
But something else -- something evil and threatening -- is going on. And Dillon knows more that he’s saying. Is he the one behind the strange threats. . or is he Jamie’s only chance for survival?
My Review - I chose this as one of my erotic reading choices and as I was super busy this week it took me a little longer to read it than usual. I loved the male character, Dillon. He is the most explored character and fascinating character in the book. 
The heroine, Jamie left a lot to be desired. The character is twenty-eight and yet she seems to have the comprehension and thought processes of a twelve-year old. Granted she was stunted by an incident that occurred when she was sixteen, however while this does explain her sexual naiveté it does not explain the remaining immaturity of the character.
The story itself is interesting, but unfortunately, it never ventures beyond the surface of events. It literally never goes past the basic blurb of the novel. The erotic scenes are not what I would say hot, and are barely sensual. The sexual tension is forced, where it should have been natural. The entire eroticism of the plot, in my opinion, stalled the story and didn’t coherently fit. 
The characters, while being a theoretical match just didn’t work for me and they should have. 
The end of the book wrapped everything quickly and neatly into a boring little box. I walk away not feeling as satisfied as I want, although I will say the character of Dillon does remain a bright spot. If there was any success in this book at all it was the creation of this electric man that I will undoubtedly think on in the future. 
My next pick, if you would like to venture along is
Delaney’s Desert Sheik, Brenda Jackson.

Delaney Westmoreland refused to let a mix-up in her vacation plans postpone the R and R she craved. But when she reluctantly agreed to share a secluded cabin with an arrogant sheik bent on seduction, she found herself enrolled in a crash course in human sexuality. 

Unfortunately, commitment and love were misplaced pages in her darkly handsome mentor’s manual.
Jamal Ari Yassir had intended to school Delaney in sensuality for his pleasure, but his plan backfired. Instead of loving and leaving her, he became engulfed by an irresistible passion for his sexy-as-sin cabin mate. Could his convenient summer lover be the woman he was destined to share his life with?

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