Carnal Innocence uses a familiar romance theme, undercover operatives, with a little twist that is interesting. FBI agent Sean Maddox is on the hunt for a killer, and needs a female partner for some undercover sleuthing. At this point the rule of thumb is to bring in another agent, perhaps from a research department, and put her into the role. The author chooses a completely different approach.
Enter Caitlyn McCormick, all-American good girl and complete stranger. When her roommate leaves Sean without a partner, Caitlyn agrees to help him out. Coming from a military family, she has always wanted to do her part, but asthma kept her from following the family tradition. Sean offers her a perfect way to show everyone that she can take care of herself, and help catch the bad guys.
As the couple goes undercover, they discover that even though they are strangers, attraction has a mind of it’s own. They steam up the car windows, the bedroom, the “play’ rooms of the island hideway. You get the picture. It is a sexy, sensual story that was interesting because of its differences. It was nice to see a less-than-perfect heroine overcome her physical challenges.