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Friday, October 1, 2010

Jack by Cat Johnson

Jack (Red, Hot and Blue Book Two) by Cat Johnson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

The best way to heal a broken heart is to jump right back on the horse. So to speak…

Red, Hot & Blue, Book 2

After watching the girl he’s crushed on for years fall for his best friend, the last thing special operative Jack Gordon wants is a vacation. If cooling his heels doesn’t drive him crazy, doing it under his family’s scrutiny will.

But once he’s back home things get more than a little interesting. The new farm hand is cute, sexy—and his instincts tell him she’s got something to hide. Luckily, he’s got the skills and the backup to find out what.

Gordon Equine is the perfect place for Niccolina Campolini. The Gordons pay in room, board and cash. And they don’t ask questions. Perfect for a girl on the run…until Jack shows up. Sexy as hell and far too inquisitive, Jack strikes sparks and suspicions that put both her body and her heart in danger.

Jack knows better than to trust a woman with as many shadows as Nicki, but the heat waves of their attraction are messing with his focus. And when her secrets catch up with her, he’s not sure if he’s protecting her from something, or protecting his family from her…

Secret operative Jack Gordon goes home for a little R and R and also to mend a broken heart. He meets Niccolina (Nicki) Campolini who's a girl on the run and working at the family's ranch. He's an inquisitive type of guy and apart from the fact he thinks she's attractive, he's curious about her background and decides to dig for details.

I liked just about everything connected with this story. Horse ranch, Southern hunk, a touch of mystery and suspense and yes, a love story. Johnson does a superb job in drawing you quickly into this story. I enjoyed the opening and felt like I really knew Jack after reading just the first few pages. He's likeable, he's been hurt, and you hope he finds the woman of his dreams.

Enter, Nicki into the story and you think, here's a girl for him, problem is, she's carrying a deep dark secret. And the author stirs up more trouble for them and your peace of mind when you find out someone filed a missing person report on Nicki.

The pacing is dead perfect for this short read and I really felt like I was there at the ranch and in the South. Both Jack and Nicki seemed like real characters which I think was due to the natural sounding dialogue. The sex scenes were appropriately placed in this short read and weren't overdone. Secondary characters were also well drawn too.

If you're looking for a quick read on the cooler days of fall, I'd recommend this one to you.

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