by Susan Johnson

June 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19600-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Any book with Susan Johnson’s name on the cover is a guaranteed hot read, and this one is no exception. Forsaking her historical stories she takes us on another foray into the world of contemporary heroines, men with fast cars and faster zippers, and a plot that revolves around the world of Museums, art theft and sex.

Cassie Hill is a curator at a Museum from which a priceless painting has been stolen. Bobby Serre is the handsome bounty hunter called upon to solve the crime. Add these two together and you have some incendiary sexual interludes.

While the setting may be contemporary, this story is vintage Johnson. Bobby is very much a product of his creator, endowed with the customary “magnificent” equipment, and the technique to use it in ways guaranteed to drive Cassie wild with lust. Cassie is the eager participant in these games, and also, true to this author’s inimitable style, meets Bobby’s overtures with enthusiasm and outrageous responses of her own. It’s improbable, hot, and fun to read.

However, what lifts this from the customary mold of Susan Johnson stories, and earns it an enthusiastic recommendation from this reviewer, is the humor. For Ms. Johnson may have created an extraordinary sexual environment, but in this book she’s stayed closely in touch with the ordinary world in which her readers live, adding delightfully mundane glimpses into a world of ice-cream and blind dates that everyone can relate to, regardless of their level of sexual interaction. The bedroom antics may be unrealistic - you did what…how many times a night? - but the rest of the time, we’re grounded in reality, and laughing.

If you’re a Susan Johnson fan, this book is an absolute must. The sizzle, crackle and dynamite sex is all there, and the characters will charm their way into your heart. Just don’t be surprised if you find a lot of laughter in there too.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Celia.

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