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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Veiled Desire by Alisha Rai

Veiled Desire by Alisha Rai
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Look, but don’t touch…

Leyla Karimi can’t keep her eyes off the hunky guy living in the house behind her. How could any woman resist ogling Dr. Mason Barrett, especially when he makes it so easy by parading around in his skin and skivvies?

If it was only their age difference, she would have made a move a long time ago. Except Mason is more than a neighbor. He’s her baby brother’s oldest friend. It’s not like they can have a casual fling and walk away in the morning.

Mason’s been doing a little lusting—okay a lot—for quite some time. When he catches Leyla peeking, it’s a sure sign she could finally be ready to heat up his nights with loving. One taste of her lips, though, and he doesn’t want a “little” of anything. He wants it all.

Unwilling to jeopardize a lifetime of friendship for a one-night stand, Leyla is reluctant to throw caution to the wind. When he’s kissing her senseless, though, it’s hard to remember all the reasons why she should hold back…

I’ve always been a fan of friends-becoming-lovers romances. The foundation is already laid; all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. In Veiled Desire, you get everything you could possibly hope for – fantastic characters, some angst, and enough passion and desire to satisfy erotic enthusiasts.

Leyla and Mason have known each other all their lives. In fact, his friendship with her younger brother, Sasha, meant that once upon a time they formed a sibling kind of relationship. Of course, that was before Mason finally got an eyeful of the fully mature and breathtaking Leyla in a skimpy red bikini a year before. Now, he wants her with a passion that cannot be denied, even if he knows she’s off limits.

Mason’s fantasy meets fruition when he catches Leyla scoping him out one night after work through the kitchen window. The game is one of temptation and desire, and both Mason and Leyla are aware that partaking in the forbidden fruit could not only ruin their relationship, it could end Mason’s lifelong friendship with Sasha. As they throw caution to the wind, revelations reveal far more than either anticipated. But as with all things, they can’t keep their romance a secret forever, and when their feelings come to light, it will take understanding and honesty to keep both friendships and romances afloat.

Veiled Desire is an absolutely unforgettable story that hooked me from the start. The writing is spot-on, the dialogue is fresh and witty, and the intimate scenes between Leyla and Mason are wrought with so much sexual tension you’ll hold your breath in anticipation of what’s to come. You’ll root for these two to get together and will not be disappointed when it finally happens. The subplot with Leyla’s brother adds a dash of tension, but it’s the humor that makes the “coming out” both memorable and endearing.

Don’t forget to pencil this one into the all important TBR list. Veiled Desire is definitely one story you don’t want to miss.

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