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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Burning Dante by Lacey Thorn

Burning Dante by Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Phoebe has been in love with Dante Marquetti since before she lost her virginity to the man. She can’t recall a time when he wasn’t the star of all her sexual fantasies. Now Dante is heading back home and she’s determined to have him one more time. She wants to make Dante burn the way she has all these years.

Dante arrives at his new apartment and is greeted by his neighbor out in the hall—naked. Welcome home! When he realizes it’s Phoebe, he decides there’s only one thing to do. He wants her in his bed…and tonight isn’t soon enough.

They burned so bright it couldn’t last... it had to burn out, never to shine again. Right? Not so. Sometimes second chances do happen, and when they do, you have to grab a hold and never let go.

I love stories of second chances and this one is hot. The blurb for Burning Dante snagged me immediately. They had a white hot time and he bolted. She was left to pick up the pieces. Now he’s back and a bit more than jealous of his brothers and irritated with his actions. There’s lots of strife to go around. Sometimes, too much. There is a lot of characters and unfinished business in this book that at times it was almost hard to keep things straight. I hope there is a second story involved with the brothers.... hint, hint. When I closed the book, I wasn’t ready to give Dante back.

Speaking of the hero, he’s a yummy man. I kept picturing John Cena and had to fan myself a couple of times. And when he decides to stake his claim on Phoebe, it’s hot. I love a determined man. What got under my skin a bit was his jealousy. Lots of things went on while he was away in the Marines—almost too much for one book—and though I could identify with his sense of loss at not being there, I wanted to tell him to move forward.

I liked Phoebe. She wore her heart on her sleeve and threw herself into her affair with Dante without a care. What irked me was her tendency to keep secrets. I don’t mind there being a thing or two that the heroine doesn’t tell the hero, but it seemed like she wanted honesty from him, but she kept an entire part of her life shut off. Still, it wasn’t enough to make me dislike her or hamper the story. There was a huge span of time that passed since they’d been together, so I understood there was gaps.

If you want a hot story with characters that you won’t soon forget, then you need to read Burning Dante. I give this story 4 cherries. Great job!

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