Sunday, April 22, 2012

2 Novellas in 1

Today, I have 2 novellas from Carina Press...enjoy!

Snowbound with a Stranger
Author: Rebecca Rogers Maher
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of publication: May 28, 2012

Dannie Marino is hiking with colleagues when a sudden blizzard separates her from her group. She's rescued by Lee, a dangerously sexy stranger who leads her to a remote cabin to weather the storm.
When the night inevitably ends in an intense erotic encounter, Dannie is both shocked and liberated by her response. But being intimate means letting herself be vulnerable, which isn't her style. Lee tries to reach out to her, but she avoids any emotional entanglement by pushing him away.
Snowed in and unable to hide from each other, Dannie and Lee must both face up to their most closely guarded emotions. When the storm abates, will they be able to stop running from the past and live fully in the future?

Who wouldn't want to be stranded in the a cabin with a sexy guy? For Dannie, it is both exciting and scary at them same time. Both Lee and Dannie find out that ssometimes, it's easier to talk about your issues with a stranger, but is it enough?  Snowbound with a Stranger is one that I think would have worked better as a longer story.  I enjoyed it, but I really wanted to know more about Dannie and Lee.  While I liked them together, I wasn't totally convinced in the end that they had worked out their issues.  But, I did get the sense that a HEA was possible.  I just wanted more.  This is a nice novella when you are looking for a quick escape.

Let Me In

Author: Callie Croix
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of publication: May 21, 2012

On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He's had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she'd love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.
A former marine, Liam's specialty is planning tactical operations, and that's just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm's length for too long, and this time he's finally going to claim her-body and heart.
What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she's going back on deployment and doesn't want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom? 

I really enjoyed Let Me In.  Even though it was a short story, I felt like the author provided plenty of background so that I was able to get to know the characters.  Talia and Liam also have a history together which made their attraction very believable.  I really felt badly for Talia.  Once you know what her life was like, You can really understand her reluctance to get close to anyone or to believe that anyone would want to be close to her. I have to say, I never would have guessed what secret her mother was hiding.  I was really rooting for Talia and Liam to have their HEA.    The heat between Liam and Talia sizzles right off the page. Let Me In is definitely worth checking out.

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