Since discovering a wonderful novel by Suzanne Brockmann (check the link to her other reviews below) I’ve been keeping my eyes open for more of her books – and jumped at the chance to read this one when I stumbled over it recently.
She didn’t disappoint me! This delightful “My Fair Lady”-with-a-twist is a charmer from the first page! Veronica Saint John is burdened with the job of turning Lt. Joe Catalanotto into a reasonable facsimile of a European Prince! The scheme is to trap a well-known terrorist who has targeted Prince Tedric of Ustanzia by using a fake Prince as bait. Joe, who looks remarkably like the Prince, is the bait! Veronica, however, is the fish who ends up wiggling on Joe’s hook – metaphorically speaking, of course.
The sizzling attraction between Joe and Veronica is immediate and potent – Joe develops an urgent case of too-tight jeans, and Veronica slips into erotic daydreams about Joe – both actions extraordinarily out of character for a Navy SEAL and an elegant and controlled media consultant. They are also wonderful characters – for once, I wished I could be Veronica for a couple of hours, provided I could spend them with Joe. Ms. Brockmann makes their emotions easy to understand, although they are complex in nature, and takes us firmly into the steamy realms of sensuality and sexual fulfillment when the clothes come off and the temperature rises!! Oh boy – that is one super hunk of SEAL!!!
The plot remains taut and intense and there are some edge-of-your-seat moments towards the climax of this exciting tale. But it’s Joe and Ronnie who steal the show – their affair and their white-hot passion for each other is everything we wish a romance could be! I can’t wait to get my hands on some more Suzanne Brockmann stories, and I thoroughly recommend them to anybody who enjoys a sizzling contemporary romance with a helping of suspense!!