by Nina Bruhns

February 2004
ISBN: 0-373-27347-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1277
Mass Market Paperback

There are several authors whose names are synonymous with hot Cajun men. Nina Bruhns is right at the top of that list. And in this novel, she lives up to that reputation – and then some – by delivering the magnificently sensual Remi Beaulieux. In an interesting combination of stories, Remi finds himself the “protector” of one Muse Sommerville. (Muse’s sister Grace met her Cajun hero, Auri Levalois, in Sweet Revenge.) Remi, of course, is related to Beau Beaulieux (from Catch Me If You Can). Don’t worry – this story is plenty hot enough to stand alone.

However, if you’ve read any of Ms. Bruhn’s work, you’ll know to expect a tight, exciting plot along with that spicy Creole gumbo…and this book doesn’t disappoint. The tension mounts as FBI agent Remi guards his precious witness Muse, and together they must face not only the danger of a vicious criminal but a worse threat to their equilibrium – love.

The white-hot passion between these two leaps off the pages and singes the eyebrows. Remi and Muse redefine passion and sensuality, finding ways around each other’s past and new methods of uncovering a future together. It’s spellbinding to read, exciting to follow, and requires several ice cold beverages.

But beyond the fabulously sexy interaction of these two, is the reality of their lives. Both are ‘flawed’ – although that term is much overused these days. Muse and Remi must face their lives as they are, and change them to lives as they want them to be. How they accomplish this is as exciting as how they evade and finally conquer the villains. While this book cranks the sensuality level up to a notch above “Full”, the romance is never neglected…and much of the warmth is generated by the reader’s desire to see these two happy together spiritually, not just physically.

It’s another winner from Nina Bruhns – and if you haven’t planned a trip to Louisiana yet, you’ll be making your reservation after reading this tale. There can’t be anything sexier than a man whispering French Creole into your ear while he’s…well, darn it. Just read this book. You’ll figure it out. I have a plane to catch.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Celia.

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