by Lois Bonde

February 2005
ISBN: 1-59080-394-9
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PI Karn Borden has a new assignment that is close to her heart. A longtime family friend suspects industrial espionage is happening at his company and hires her firm. Karn’s father (and boss) may not think that Karn should be out in the field, but she knows that she will do a good job for JP Berg.

Her strategy is very complex and involves not only feeding false information to the suspected employees, but also appearing in various disguises to check security in the offices. She hopes that she can wrap up the assignment before JP’s son James returns from the West Coast office to take his place as heir. Apparently she has no desire to see the object of her teenage crush and relive his rejection of her naive affection.

James has a completely different mission in mind for Karn. Unaware of his father’s difficulties, James is looking forward to becoming reacquainted with Karn. He has never forgotten the little girl who dogged his steps, or the lovely young woman he left behind. Allowing her to mature and learn whether her feelings were real or just infatuation was the hardest thing he ever did. Now that he is back home, he hopes they can rekindle old flames - forever.

Whenever I get the chance to read the print version of electronic books, I am eager to see what all the fuss is about. Ebooks are on the cutting edge of publishing and like to push the envelope whenever possible. This anticipation often leaves me disappointed. While Hot Bytes had likeable characters and a good premise, the villain was easy to spot and the story was humdrum. Since it is being marketed as an ultra-sensual romance, I also expected some heat between the pages. There was some, but frankly I have had more steam from mainstream series romance like Harlequin’s Blaze line. Hot Bytes left me lukewarm.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Paula.

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