When the author asked for reader reviews on her blog in exchange for the Book I didn't hesitate, being a huge fan of the Harlequin Blaze line.
Blaze promises red-hot reads and this book certainly lives up to the Line's promise.
Set during a 24 hour blackout, the story revolves around bodyguard Jonas Berringer and Soap shop owner Tessa Rose.
Tessa is the daughter of one Senator Rose, an influential client of the Berringer's security firm, Jonas runs with his three brothers. When the senator asks Jonas to look after Tessa as a personal favour due to some problems he is experiencing in his office, he is loath to get involved.
He had previously been assigned to guard Tessa, when the Senator had received some threats, a security detail that ended badly, when the bad guy almost got to Tessa, costing Jonas his eyesight. A momentary slip of his professional persona, when he finally gave in to the sexual attraction between them, was all it took, so he is not looking forward to going there again. Especially as the Senator's aide made it perfectly clear that it would not be in his best business interests to pursue Tessa.
Nonetheless after the Senator's phone call and with a storm raging through the city of Philadelphia, Jonas decides to use Tessa's obvious interest in him to get close and look out for her, as suggested by her worried father.
Torn between his growing feelings for Tessa, who he seems to have misjudged, his loyalty to the Senator and the best interests of his Security firm he is with her when the blackout hits. The two of them have to make their way across town to help an old friend of Tessa's and in the darkness that surrounds the city have to rely on each other. The growing sexual chemistry between them cannot be denied and when the blackout finally lifts they have to reach a difficult decision and face some home truths.
Without giving the plot away, all is not as it seems. Admitting their love for each other is relatively easy, but can they trust each other?
As you would expect from a Blaze the sex scenes sizzle and the plot has some surprising twists and turns. There is also an interesting sub plot involving one of the younger brothers. In fact the author promises that each of the Berringer bodyguards will get their own story and from the glimpses we get to see as the book evolves, I for one am looking forward to them.
I read this book in three settings, mainly because that pesky little thing, called real live intervened, but I could have easily read this in one. Very difficult to put down once you start reading :-)
If you're looking for an emotionally satisfying and hot read, then give this a whirl. You will not be disappointed!