by Lynne Connolly

July 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4199-2243-5
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Chase Maynord is one of the wealthiest men in New York. Owner of the Timothy change of hotels, he is also a member of STORM, an agency made up of Talents. As a sorcerer he provides a safe house for fellow agents. When someone checks in as Jillian Miller, he just believes it’s another STORM agent as the real Jillian Miller died in a car crash. It couldn’t really be her…

Jillian is on a mission. Taken by the IRDC, she has many gaps in her memory. But her assignment is simple – deliver Chase Maynord into the hands of his enemies. However, Jillian cannot resist the passion and temptation Chase provides.

Will making love to Chase restore her memory?

I was a little disappointed in Red Heat. Expecting hard nosed characters with an edge of darkness, I found them to be slightly annoying and at times, extremely fluffy. One thing I did enjoy was the universe Ms. Connolly has created- it’s a pleasure to see Talents brought to the fore front in these STORM novels and the addition of the sorcerers to the paranormal world is a real gem.

However, the plot was driven by the two main characters – Chase and Jillian. The story has some undeniably good moments between the two of them. The sex is exactly what you are looking for in an erotic novel, except for the emotion. In places I felt it read more like a Mills and Boon novel than an erotic romance. Both characters seemed to go overboard in expressing their feelings, especially Chase. I wanted him to have a dark edge and it was severely lacking. Another problem I had was the fact they both fall into each other arms pretty quickly. This was explained but after all they’d been through I would have expected some hesitancy, some mistrust.

Red Heat is an okay erotic romance with an amazing paranormal aspect. Overall a disappointing read.

Reviewed in September 2009 by Donna.

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