REVIEW: The Bodyguard by Cherry Adair, Gena Showalter, and Lorie O’Clare

Monday, July 26, 2010 1:00
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Book CoverAsh’s review of The Bodyguard by Cherry Adair, Gena Showalter, and Lorie O’Clare
Romantic Suspense released by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 29 Jun 10

It’s great to read an anthology and like every story in it. Sadly, that didn’t happen to me with this one, but I did like and love two out of the three.

Cherry Adair’s contribution is Temptation on Ice. I felt like I was reading a James Bond story, not that I have ever seen a James Bond movie, but this is how I feel they should be. Sebastian saved the girl, together they fought the bad guys, all while on a Russian submarine base. They already have a past together, so there was no awkwardness between them. I did get annoyed that Sebastian thought the worst of Michaela, but I hate when that happens in any book so it’s my own personal issue. It didn’t keep me from enjoying the story.

Grade C+

“Temptation on Ice”

When paranormal operative Sebastian Tremayne heads to the Arctic Circle to keep an eye on red-hot physicist Michaela Giese, the polar ice cap isn’t the only thing in danger of melting. This beautiful brainy woman could spark a nuclear disaster he cannot stop—even with magic—and ignite a fiery passion he cannot resist…

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Gena Showalter’s story, Temptation in Shadows, is the longest of the three stories and my favorite. The hero, Sean, is darker than your average hero and I loved it. Gabrielle was a perfect heroine for her, she has her own darkness to her but together they work, without dragging each other down. It never felt like I was reading a short story. Gena Showalter made 147 pages feel like a full length novel. I would love to be able to read about these two again.

Grade A

Temptation in Shadows

Tall, lean and muscular — and definitely rough around the edges — Sean Walker is not your typical nightclub bodyguard.  He’s a controller of shadows, able to wield darkness at will.  But when a mysterious woman at the club turns out to have powers greater than his own, he has no choice but seduction…

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Lorie O’Clare’s story, Hunting Temptation, was my least favorite story and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. It just felt off, and I could never quite figure out why. The heroine is a werewolf and I was thrown off by her calling her house a den and her brother her litter mate. Yes they are wolves, but it just didn’t work. I couldn’t see her as anything other than annoying, and the same goes for her brother.  The chemistry between her and the hero was lacking and it wasn’t long before I just didn’t care anymore.

Grade: DNF

“Hunting Temptation”

A manhunter by trade, Seth is on the trail of his most dangerous prey yet: a living, breathing, maneating werewolf. But the last thing he expects to catch in his trap is a beautiful, beguiling woman—with some wild animal urges of her own…
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All in all I really liked The Bodyguard, even if it was disappointing in the end. The Gena Showalter story alone is worth buying this book for, and Cherry Adair has given me another reason to pick up her other books.

ashGrade: B-

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