Review: NEGOTIATING POINT by Adrienne Giordano

About the book:

As a hostage negotiator for Taylor Security, Gavin Sheppard
has just been given the toughest assignment of his career: securing the release
of his boss’s pregnant wife. He’s uneasy negotiating a rescue without the
involvement of the police, but with the life of a woman and her unborn child on
the line there’s no time to play by the rules. He’ll have to work closely with
the one woman who could prove to be a distraction…

Janet Fink, the agency’s tech geek, is conflicted about
working alongside the man she’s irresistibly attracted to. Though she’s
determined not to risk her career by getting involved with a coworker, especially
a superior, she can’t forget the passionate kiss they once shared…

With the kidnappers’ deadline fast approaching, Gavin and
Janet must combine their skills to bring the missing woman home alive. But
their undeniable chemistry is making it difficult to keep their relationship
purely professional…

NEGOTIATING POINT is a short glimpse into the world of the Private Protectors. Several characters from the previous books feature prominently.  The story revolves around Roxann’s kidnapping and how Gavin and Janet work to get her freed. I didn’t like the way the relationship between Gavin and Janet begins. They spend too much time thinking about getting one another naked and not focusing on making sure that Roxann is safe. It was odd to me that they would be having sex in between negotiating her freedom. The story also felt rushed and not fleshed out.

the book girl gives NEGOTIATING POINT a 2/5

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Review: SLOW SUMMER KISSES by Shannon Stacey

About the book:

Anna Frazier is used to living life at 100 mph, but being downsized out of a job in the financial industry has her permanently stalled. With nowhere to go, go, go,Anna hails a cab to her grandparents’ neglected New Hampshire camp to plan her next move. It seems like a good idea—until she realizes there’s no takeout to be had and the boy next door has grown into a sexy but surly recluse.

Cameron Mayfield knows he can kiss his peace and quiet goodbye when Hurricane Anna blows in. She was loud and bossy as a ten-year-old—and besides developing some attractive curves, she hasn’t changed. Cam’s not looking for a relationship, especially not with a woman like Anna. He nearly broke down on that road once before. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

It’s not long before their sizzling attraction leads to smoking-hot kisses. But as the days get shorter, Anna must decide if she’s found a new road to happiness, or just taken a detour.

25,000 words

SLOW SUMMER KISSES is a delightful contemporary romance. Even though it is very short, the story feels complete and the characters are completely fleshed out. Anna and Cam begin the story not really caring for each other. Cam is consistently rude to Anna, but Anna is just attracted to him no matter how he behaves. I loved the banter between the two characters and how it changes as their feelings for one another change. Their story is romantic and sweet.

the book girl gives SLOW SUMMER KISSES a 4/5

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