REVIEW: Stolen Seduction by Elisabeth NaughtonTuesday, March 2, 2010 1:00
I have thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy by Ms. Naughton. She keeps a perfect balance between the suspense and the romance to give a reader one heck of a read in each book. I’m sorry to see it all come to an end, but with my enjoyment of these books also comes autobuy status of this author for me from here on out, and I know she’s working on a new series, so there’s still a lot of anticipation to be had. She’s one of a few lately who are drawing me back into romantic suspense, and she’s doing it so very well.
We met both Shane and Hailey in the previous books in this series, and things were hot between them from the beginning. Ms. Naughton gave me a little bit of a scare when it looked like perhaps these two wouldn’t get together after all. Happy to say she didn’t mess with that chemistry that bubbled over whenever they were in scenes together.
Hailey is a cop, mostly to stay out of the family business but lately because she loves it. However, she’s giving that career a rest at her father’s request to become CEO of Roarke Resorts. In the midst of all of this, her father is hospitalized and is subsequently murdered, with the culprits pinning the crime on Hailey. She’s now on the run to find the sixth statue of the Last Seduction in a crazy treasure hunt orchestrated by her father in his will and also to stay one step ahead of the law so she can clear her name.
As luck would have it, Shane is one of the detectives working her father’s case. He doesn’t think Hailey capable of cold-blooded murder, but he still has to do his job. And when he finds she’s keeping secrets, doubt begins to creep in. But when it’s either take her in in cuffs or join her in her search, he opts for keeping her out of jail for the time being, hoping they can find those responsible.
The action never dies down, the romance/sex heats up something fierce, and the mystery takes it own time coming to light. Hailey takes no crap from anyone, not even Shane, and that’s one of the reasons he’s attracted to her. He, however, has too many secrets that will get in the way of anything more between them but he’s also sexy as hell. I also like that the characters from the first two books make appearances here and help Shane and Hailey as best they can.
This third book is actually my favorite of the series, but the trilogy is well worth the read, especially if you’re a fan of romantic suspense. If you’re not that keen on it, try these books anyway. You will wonder what took you so long to pick them up.
The individual who collects all six statues and deciphers the code locked within will be awarded controlling interest in Roarke Resorts.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS ENDEAVOR IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.
Hailey Roarke was never interested in her familyâ€™s fortune. Thatâ€™s why she became a cop. But with her father and now her cousin dead, sheâ€™s suddenly on the wrong side of a police interrogation. The only way to clear her name is to solve the riddle before the real killer. Without getting killed herself.
Detective Shane Maxwell canâ€™t deny the spark of lust he feels every time Hailey is near. But the woman is clearly hiding something. Trusting his gutâ€”and the heat in her eyesâ€”he joins her on an elaborate global treasure hunt staged by her late father. Caught between a sizzling seduction and a maniacal murderer, for Hailey and Shane the biggest reward of all will be making it out alive.
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