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Friday, March 12, 2010

Flirting With Death by Regina Riley

Flirting with Death by Regina Riley
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

After five lonely years grieving for her dead husband, Anna Baker goes out for a night on the town. In a quiet pub she meets the handsome and mysterious Todd Sterben. After some light conversation Anna finds that she is both very comfortable with and highly aroused by Todd. She ends up back at Todd's hotel room, then in his bed, happy to feel passion again.

Some time later, Anna can't help but be hurt by how quickly it appears Todd has moved on with his life, but when Todd reveals a dark secret to her, Anna can't help but wonder if her own life is in danger. Can she trust Todd enough to accept him for who he is?

It was supposed to be a one night stand. After five years of mourning who wouldn’t want one. Unfortunately, nothing is as easy as it seems in Anna’s life.

Anyone who has ever suffered any type of loss can sympathize with Anna. The author really pulls you into her grief and sorrow and makes it your own. No wonder her best friend Trish insisted that she go out and enjoy herself, even if only for one night. Then walks in Mister Dark and Mysterious, Todd Sterben. Anna cannot help but want to go home with him, if only to relieve the grief temporarily. What was supposed to be one night of lustful bliss turned into something more.

Although the plot did take a little longer than I would like to get rolling, once it did the author kept it going. I really liked the fact that she kept you on the edge of your chair the entire time trying to figure out exactly what was going on with Todd. Unlike many paranormal romance books I have read, the author had me questioning exactly who and what Todd really was. Although lacking in external conflict this erotic couple was not lacking internal conflicts. Todd’s inability to commit, and Anna still not knowing if she is able to get over losing her husband, make you wonder if they will ever be able to truly be together.

Just when I thought the story was all romance and no sex, boy, did it get hot. Todd does everything he can to ensure he tends to Anna’s every sexual need. He left me and Anna both satisfied. If you want a story that is a good mixture of romance and eroticism, this story is for you.

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