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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Notorious in Nice by Jianne Carlo

Notorious in Nice by Jianne Carlo
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

After the death of her mother, Su-Lin discovers she has an uncle and aunt, a rich Hong Kong couple who whisk her away to Europe on a fairytale trip. Their first stop is France at an exclusive boutique hotel fronting the Mediterranean.

Terrence O’Connor knew all his flaws only too intimately, knew no woman could ever accept the sins of his past, knew he’d die alone.

A silly mistake puts a naked Terry with a nude Su-Lin in the men’s steam room. Totally smitten, his past sins forgotten, Terry manipulates Su-Lin’s uncle into a three-week cruise aboard his luxury yacht, the Glory. In adjoining cabins with a connecting door, Su-Lin and Terry find they can’t keep their hands off each other. To avoid further upset to her uncle, Su-Lin insists on secrecy.

But mere days into the cruise Terry finds Su-Lin unconscious, a victim of attempted murder. Someone is trying to kill his new lover...but why?

Boy meets girl, girl finds herself neck-deep in trouble, boy decides to help girl. Sound simplistic? Maybe, but it’s the story of Notorious in Nice.

This story is interesting from the first page. We meet a young and unfettered woman trying to grasp her sexuality. At the same time, we meet the hero. Now while the story takes place, mainly on a boat, it can be a bit hard to picture the surroundings. The scenery is lush and the details expensive, but I have a hard time picturing it.

While the plot is complicated and there are a bevy of secondary characters, what bogs this story down initially is the back and forth between Terrence and Su Lin. At one moment, she’s dogged by her aunt and uncle and the next she’s trying to get into Terrence’s pants.

I like the idea that she’s sheltered and that she’s not jaded to the ways of sex. I like that she’s got a rich background and knows the value of a dollar, but what I found a bit hard to believe is her voracious need to try sexual things. Yes, she’s new at it, but she almost goes overboard in her attempts to snag Terrence. Although initially I didn’t like her, I came to respect Su Lin through the story.

Terrence made an interesting hero. He has things in his past he’s not proud of. He’s a ladies’ man. He’s make mistakes. I didn’t see why he tried so hard to hide his past from her. It came across almost like what Su Lin didn’t know wouldn’t hurt her and that bothered me. If she cared like she said she did, then running wouldn’t be an option. I found his lack of trust in her a bit hard to handle.

What added to the story is the secondary plot of Thomas and Jean-Michel. I like seeing the love blossom and strengthen between these two men. You felt the sweet, sensual feelings between them.

If you want a story for the long winter’s night that will warm your heart, then you need to read Notorious in Nice. I give this story 3.5 cherries.

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