by Samantha Hunter

February 2006
ISBN: 0-373-79239-5
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Mass Market Paperback

February is the time of year when romance is flowing freely, and Cupidís arrows strike a person when they least expect it. This is just what happens in the concluding story of Samantha Hunterís HotWires trilogy, Flirtation.

Flirtation is the story of EJ Beaumont, the final member of the Norfolk Computer Crime team. EJ and his teammates are getting ready to take their latest investigation to the next level. This time they are investigating Charlotte Gerard, an online tarot card reader whose website appears to be stealing from the clients whom she counsels.

EJ arranges to meet Charlotte in person. He is hoping that this meeting will reveal her guilt, even though his instincts tell him that she couldnít be doing these ghastly crimes.

Charlotte was raised in a series of foster homes, and wants a family of her own almost more than anything else in the world. When she finally locates a brother, Rob, she is delighted and refuses to believe that he could be anything but perfect. Rob does have some friends that Charlotte doesnít approve of, but she never believes that Rob is capable of anything even slightly illegal.

EJ and Charlotte have been meeting online, and a relationship is beginning to develop. When they meet in person the sparks fly, and soon the relationship is highly sexual. Flirtation is the hottest book in the trilogy in this readerís opinion, and readers who enjoy a hot read will not be disappointed.

Flirtation was a book where I felt like I had to suspend my belief system to follow the quickly developing relationship between Charlotte and EJ. I can believe they were attracted to each other, but if EJ is supposed to have been of such strong moral character would he have so easily have set aside his belief system for a quick lay with a suspect?

I found Charlotteís devotion to her brother to be above and beyond the call of duty. She made decisions based strictly on impulse, without regards to the safety of herself and the man she is professing to care deeply about.

The three books in the HotWires trilogy stand alone with only the team members being what connect them. Each plot had itís own plot line wound up totally in itís book. Fascination, Friction, and Flirtation were my first reads by Ms. Hunter, and I was engrossed enough to look forward to her future work.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Sandi.

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