by Beth Ciotta

May 2005
ISBN: 1-932815-23-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Medallion Press
Mass Market Paperback

Beth Ciotta is back with another story that will have readers glued to the pages. Seduced is the story of Sofia Marino and Joe Bogart.

Sofia comes from a family of entertainers. Itís been in her blood for generations, and she thinks that fame will make her happy. Joe was a special agent for the F.B.I., and when a case doesnít play out the way he thinks it should he resigns from the agency, and lives a life that his friends and family think is reclusive.

It takes the effervescent Sofia to make Joe come out of his funk, and think about living again. I wish I could say that they meet again under normal circumstances, but that would be a mighty boring book! Instead theyíre forced together when Sofia finds herself in Arizona with a short term memory loss, and no identification, and no money. She does have a cell phone so she is able to call for help.

Joe assumes that helping Sofia means getting her back to California, and helping her to recover her memory about a few missing hours. As those memories come back he discovers that both he and Sofia are in more trouble than either bargained for.

Seduced is a book that has numerous settings and changes them frequently. Fortunately every time the setting changes it does tell you where you are before you start reading. There are many characters whom Iíve come to believe were introduced in Ms. Ciottaís previous books Jinxed and Charmed.

Iíve not read the previous books, and donít feel as though I was totally lost, but I do think that it would benefit readers to have read both previous titles. However if youíre ready for some high powered action and a heroine with a brain and mind of her own whose not afraid to use them, then I suggest you can start with Seduced, and not be too terribly behind. Also, I donít usually think of my heroes as hunky, but Joe Bogart definitely qualifies as major hunk material.

I believe that Ms. Ciotta blended just the right amounts of romance and adventure to secure herself a spot on many readerís keeper shelves.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Sandi.

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