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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Firm 2: Vixen by Tuesday Morrigan

The Firm 2: Vixen by Tuesday Morrigan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (79 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Cherry Blossom

Killian Lionheart is tired. Late nights at his family's law firm have exhausted him. What little energy he might have at the end of the workweek is depleted by the constant family gatherings. After one too many evenings spent with the family, he decides enough is enough. One evening away from family is all that he wants. That evening at a bar downtown he spots a sultry, golden beauty at the bar and knows he has to have her. Even if she is a working girl.

Someone has been preying on call girls, and Tahlia Roberts, an undercover cop, is determined to catch San Francisco's most dangerous killer. While on the hunt, she meets a handsome, charming man, one she is not sure she can trust. With her heart or body. But there is something about him that calls to her, asks her to trust in love.

Add this little gem of a tale to your collection of erotic shape-shifter stories. In The Firm 2: Vixen, author Tuesday Morrigan incorporates all the ingredients favored by fans of the genre: strong-willed, independent characters, hot sex, and deep secrets.

This particular reader generally prefers a story with more suspense and action, but Tuesday Morrigan manages to snare her audience into the intimate world of Detective Tahlia Roberts and lawyer Killian Lionheart without spectacular fight scenes. The criminal case Tahlia investigates heightens her response to Killian, and the secondary plot of her search for a serial killer never feels like an afterthought, even if there is no real room, in the short novella, to develop the details of police procedure.

Instead, Tuesday Morrigan deftly uses Tahlia's emotional response to the viciousness of the killer and her attraction to Killian in the main storyline and weaves them into their evolving relationship.

This delightful story fully deserves 4 cherries for the spell it weaves around the reader, even if the occasional superfluous background detail, especially at the beginning, kept me from giving it a 5.

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