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Friday, December 17, 2010

Chemical Lust by Ashlynn Monroe

Chemical Lust by Ashlynn Monroe
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (29 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

A potion to stimulate love. Sounds tricky, but fun to test it out. What happens when the object of your affection is the one working on the potion with you?

I nabbed this story because it looked like a fun read. It turned out I was right. Ms. Monroe’s writing is quick paced and kept me right in my seat. The plot worked because it had plenty of twists I didn’t see coming and yes, I wanted to know how the book ended. The ending was the best part.

Keep in mind, this is a short story. There are parts where it’s a little thin on detail. For the most part, it works. I really didn’t need a bunch of scientific discussion and simply liked the potion was called ‘potion number nine’. I wanted to see what the potion would do. I liked the scene in the elevator. Talk about hot! I steamed up my screen. But despite its hotness, it felt a little too quick. I realize there were some circumstances behind the scene and it does work well, I just wanted more from it. I also thought the ending came a bit too abruptly. I liked the characters and wanted to know what would happen from there.

Ms. Monroe does write sexy heroes. Jericho is one for the books (pardon the pun). He’s got an original name that stuck with me after the book closed and I could picture him in my mind from the author’s descriptions. This story is mainly told from the heroine’s point of view, so if I had a qualm about Jericho, it was that I wanted to know what he was thinking more often.

Leah, the heroine, was a perfect addition to the story. I knew precisely what she thought throughout the book and loved her tentative attitude with Jericho—she didn’t want to ruin a good, solid working relationship (even if it was more or less in silence). The interplay between them made me smile.

If you want a book that’s got a balance of heart and heat, then you need to read Chemical Love. I give this book 3 cherries.

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