by Samantha Hunter

January 2006
ISBN: 0-373-79233-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

The New Year is bringing readers the second book in Samantha Hunter’s HotWires trilogy. The middle book is entitled Friction, and will have readers staying up until the wee hours of the morning as they’ll be unable to stop turning the pages.

In the previous book we met the three members of the Norfolk Police Computer Crime unit, and Friction is the story of the only female member of the team. Sarah Jessup. Sarah was a computer hacker who stayed on the legal side of things. She had a reputation for being able to search out and help bring down some of the internet porn operators. It is this reputation that brought her to the attention of Ian Chandler, head of the team.

It is Sarah’s dedication to the job that explains why she is on a forced vacation. Sarah is a total workaholic who can’t believe that she’s being banished to a spot where there are no electronics of any sort. In fact, if caught with something electronic regardless of size guests will be asked to surrender the items until the end of their stay.

Bored witless Sarah decides to sit on the beach and read. When she is caught reading a cheesy romance novel aloud her life takes on a change that she isn’t quite expecting, but is more than prepared for work wise. The change will also affect her personally, and that is a bit harder for Sarah to deal with.

Logan Sullivan is also on vacation, but his is a working vacation. He has every intention of breaking the rules about electronics at the inn, but doing so discreetly. It doesn’t take long for Sarah and Logan to meet and for some chemistry to begin. Will the two act upon their mutual attraction, and what will happen as their personal relationship begins to travel the path of discovery about one another that all relationships take.

Sarah and Logan are soon embroiled in trying to stop yet another porn ring, but will they do it together or separately? Will their battle against this particular porn ring cement or destroy their relationship?

Friction is a page turning story. I was hooked from the very beginning, and found it hard to turn off my light at night. Sarah and Logan are both dedicated to their friends and jobs, and are the type of people that many of us wish we had in our real lives.

If each book in the HotWires trilogy is better than the one previous to it then readers will be both thrilled and disappointed when the final book in the series is released. Thrilled to have another exciting page turning book to read, and disappointed to see an interesting story line come to an end.

Reviewed in December 2005 by Sandi.

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