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Monday, February 15, 2010

Animals by Gemini Judson

Animals by Gemini Judson
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism, Forced Sexual Encounter (Mild)
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Gillyflower

Humans are animals.

When three biologists are captured in the remote woods of northern New Hampshire and forced to make pornographic videos, they are surprised by their own response—biology overrides fear and inhibition and primal desire takes over. When they escape and resume their normal lives, they find the animal passions they conjured are not so easily forgotten.

Even though it was the young intern, Kevin, that Jessy was forced to be with during their captivity, it’s Conrad she’s crazy about, and has been since he took over the job as the fisheries crew foreman. After a summer of watching his gorgeous 6’5” body keep a cool distance, Jessy hopes the abduction has opened his eyes. Maybe he'll finally be ready to give a relationship a try.

But their kidnappers are not happy with the way their three porn stars ran away. Just when Jessy’s aimless existence seems to be finding focus—on Conrad—she finds herself the target of more dangerous games.

Humans are animals. And sometimes...they're prey.

A bunch of animals—human animals—terrorize sweet Jessy Tanner and her colleagues on a field trip that goes very much awry.

Jessy Tanner is a divorced musician who ended up as a fisheries biologist and doesn’t quite know what to do with her life next. She’s spent a companionable summer with Conrad, the new, gorgeous crew chief who doesn’t seem to care that she’s a woman, and hot and horny 19-year-old Kevin, the summer intern. But on this trip, Jessy, Con and Kevin won’t be doing catch and release on the animals—the animals have caught them, and release is not on the agenda.

Kevin and Jessy, forced to perform for a camera, find that they enjoy themselves more than they would expect under the circumstances. Conrad, kept in the sweltering, rusted trailer where they have been caged, realizes Jessy is more than just a woman, he wants her to be his woman. The three escape and try to get on with their lives. Con and Jessy let the sparks of their attraction roar to passionate life. But the kidnappers are not through with them. Not by a long shot.

Animals by Gemini Judson is a sweet love story with a rocking suspense full of many twists and turns and some truly frightening moments. There are also, however, some slower moments, and I felt that too much of what was truly important was told, rather than shown, early on. Then when Ms. Judson shifted gears many pages on, seemingly assuming the reader would understand her reference, I couldn’t always follow along.

Jessy is a sweet woman still trying to figure out what to do with her life three years after the end of her lackluster marriage. I admired her ability to be blunt but kind, to tell Conrad how she really felt, and to survive her scheming sister and indifferent mother’s visit. And when she got the chance to pursue her dream, I cheered for her even as I wondered what she was doing leaving behind 6’5” of hot, devoted man. The other characters, however, fell sort of flat. We did not learn much about their history or motivations.

Ms. Judson was a little heavy handed with her theme that we are all animals, there were occasional minor but distracting editing gaffes, and just as a personal preference I do not care for the author calling cocks “meat”, but all in all, Animals was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of hot romantic suspense.

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