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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Under My Umbrella by Karen Erickson

Under My Umbrella by Karen Erickson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

It’ll take more than a fire hose to cool down this attraction…

Fated, Book 1

Rain, rain, go away. That’s Jenna’s mantra as she suffers through yet another rain-soaked walk home from work. At least the tight butt of the guy walking in front of her offers some distraction. When he turns around and asks to share her umbrella, she realizes his front view is as smokin’ as the back. What better way to get up close and personal with the object of her ogling?

Brett noticed his hot little neighbor weeks ago, but until now hadn’t worked up the nerve—or found the opportunity—to approach her. Too many hours at the fire station has left him longing for something more out of life. Like the company of a sweet, sexy woman. Maybe, if he’s lucky, kindling a relationship.

Jenna surprises herself again when she offers to let him dry off in her apartment. One minute he’s toweling off his hair, the next their chemistry explodes in the hottest sex either of them have ever experienced. And suddenly they’re both wondering if he’s the match to her tinder, or if it’s too much, too fast…

Under My Umbrella is a novella that contains a ton of heat and a healthy dose of emotional tension. From the moment Jenna and Brett meet on the street on their way home, dodging a heavy downpour of rain, you’ll sense their chemistry and attraction. As they take shelter from the storm inside Jenna’s apartment, their desires are given free reign. After they share a night together, they both discover there is far more present than lust and physical attraction. Can two people who hardly know one another fall in love at first sight? Is it possible to meet that one special person and realize it in a moment?

As with other stories by Ms. Erickson, the heat index should be identified as hot, hot, and hot. Jenna and Brett positively sizzle when they are together and their banter is both playful and sexy. I enjoyed reading about their mutual attraction, especially as their inner thoughts give you a better understanding of their desires and fears. When unavoidable concerns and doubts arise as a consequence of their fast-moving relationship, the progression feels very natural and organic which is something that is essential in a story of this length. I was curious to see how everything would play out and was pleasantly surprised when I learned the answer.

Readers who are in the mood for something that sizzles, yet, contains enough heart and emotion to satisfy the romantic within are sure to enjoy Under My Umbrella. Be sure to pencil this one onto your TBR list.

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