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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Turbulent Passions by Anne Rainey

Turbulent Passions by Anne Rainey
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Xeranthemum

Love. Is it blind luck? Or just a lump on the head?

Sapphire Demas and her twin brother have a secret. Since the awful day their parents were killed, they’ve been in hiding, fearful the same fate will befall them. Now she’s grown tired of living a half-life, tired of lying. She wants something just for herself. When she stumbles across an unconscious man while hiking through the woods and brings him home to heal, she knows she’s found it. Even if he’s a dangerous outsider.

Investigative journalist Adam Richton trusts only one thing—his nose for news. He’s never failed to get a story and doesn’t intend to start now. Until a beautiful and mysterious woman rescues him. In an instant, he forgets all about his career. Now all he wants is Sapphire, any way he can get her.

Then he witnesses something extraordinary that puts his reporter instincts back on full alert. Something that exposes Sapphire’s secrets, challenges him to believe the unbelievable…and to trust in something way out of his comfort zone: love.

Warning: This title contains hot, steamy, explicit sex. Oral sex. Sex in public places. And sex using scarves and other naughty things.

Turbulent Passions is a story about two lonely people, one is isolated by location and another in their heart.

Sapphire is a gentle soul whose life is dictated by a family tragedy. Gentle unless her brother gets her back up – then we see her temper. She once had a promising life like any of us but now is forced to hide, not trusting anyone. I see her possibly withering into one of those old spinsters with a lot of cats. The difference is she could talk to them. Doesn’t sound like much of a life, but how do you pick up the pieces of shattered trust and walk amongst regular people with confidence when you never go anywhere?

That’s where Adam comes in. Adam, who is a type A personality with a shortage of basic human decency. Or so he believed. His heart has been walled up for years, a total disconnect; and a gift from his dysfunctional family. He’s sent in to do his job and instead finds life, hope and dare he think it? – a future. It was nice to see this man come around. At first he pursues her like he’d do anything, but his gradual realization that Sapphire affected him in a way no one ever had, has him growing in character, like the Grinch, when his shriveled heart grew and grew and grew. There’s even a clever role reversal, where the guy usually says it and instead Sapphire does it to Adam. I liked that.

For readers who enjoy in-depth sexual romance with heat, creative coupling with varied localities, from a bedside table viewpoint, then Turbulent Passions delivers solid performances. The editing is clean and the plot is character driven.

My favorite part about Turbulent Passions is the tentative love that blossoms, healing them both. The trust that grew allowed them to grab ahold of their dreams and in the end, a reader totally believes their happily ever after is a done deal. Now we need to get Aries fixed up. That brother of Sapphire’s is going to need a seriously strong woman to bring that man to heel and fix up his heart too. If Adam and Sapphire are ‘turbulent’, Aries is going to need an earthquake.

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