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Friday, August 20, 2010

Lassoing Lara by NJ Walters

Lassoing Lara by NJ Walters
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Brody Courage wakes up after a night out with his brothers and finds himself naked and tied to his bed with no idea how he’s gotten there. Just when he thinks he’s going to have to rip apart the headboard to get himself loose, he hears someone entering the house. He thinks it’s one of his brothers and calls out for help, but it’s Lara Jacobs, his childhood friend and neighbor.

He’s humiliated to have to ask her help and swears her to secrecy. She’s quiet and pale and leaves after releasing only one arm. When Brody finally gets himself out of bed, he finds a pair of red lace panties stuck near the footboard—a perfect match for the red bra he’d glimpsed Lara wearing when she bent over to untie him. It’s then his memories of the night before start to flood back. He spent one hell of a night in bed with his neighbor.

Now he wants another. One he can remember. But there’s the little problem of Lara avoiding him…

Imagine waking up with a tiny recollection of what happened the night prior, but knowing for certain you’d lost your heart. Oh, and to add insult to injury, you’ve been tied to your own bed. Now what would you do? Looks like you need to read Lassoing Lara. I’m glad I did.

NJ Walters writes a scorching hot read. I fell in love with the characters from page one and rooted for them to get the happily ever after they desired. I felt like I was right there with them, feeling their emotions, and realizing what they wanted after all.

As much as I liked the story, there were a few stumbling blocks for me. I liked the characters of Lara and Brody. Both are independent and strong. But when I got to get really inside their heads, there was a lot of telling. I knew how they felt, but it seemed very matter-of-fact. The other issue that tugged me from the book a couple times was the inconsistent point of view. I had a good grasp of whose POV I was in, but there were times when I had to go back and read again to make sure. I didn’t want to let go of the characters after the last page, but the back and forth became a little jarring. And though I liked Lara, there were times when her reactions were unrealistic for a woman her age. I wanted to see her show her backbone a bit more. Still, it wasn’t enough to discredit the story.

I loved the idea that love can happen quickly between people who know each other on the molecular level. Reading about Lara and Brody kicked my heart rate up and was cause to find a fan. If you want a story that’s quick and hot, then you need to read Lassoing Lara. I give this book 3.5 cherries.

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