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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Heat of the Night by Elle Kennedy

Heat of the Night by Elle Kennedy
Out of Uniform book 5
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (75 Pages)
Other: M/F, multiple partners
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When the heat is on, anything that can happen…will.

Out of Uniform, Book 5

When her long-time fiancĂ© breaks off their engagement, saying he needs to “explore other avenues”, Annabelle Holmes has no trouble reading between the lines. Bryce thinks she’s a prude. Funny, since when it comes to acting out sexual fantasies, he’s always been the squeamish one.

Determined to prove him wrong, she sublets an apartment in San Diego, grabs pen and paper, and lists all her sexual fantasies. Intending to surprise Bryce with it as soon as possible. Only the list winds up in the wrong hands—or are they the right ones?

Navy SEAL Ryan Evans is expecting a little impromptu fun with his always-willing, blonde-and-leggy neighbor. But when he slides into her bed, he finds horrified, brunette-and-curvy Annabelle instead—along with her naughty list.

Embarrassment doesn’t begin to cover it when Annabelle realizes where her list has ended up. But then Ryan makes her a delicious offer: The chance to check off every last wild, wicked item—with the help of his equally hot SEAL team buddy, Matt.

A harmless fling is easy to add to her list. Then something unexpected happens that’s not so easy to cross off...

Be careful what you put on paper. It could come back to taunt and tease you…if you’re lucky!!

What better way is there to be woken up then to have a sexy guy kissing your neck and running his hands over your body? Yeah, that would be sweet as long as you actually know the guy in question! It’s a toss up who was more surprised Annabelle or Ryan when they realized the mistake. Conversely, their reactions were one of the things I liked about Heat of the Night. It was genuine. Where the author could have had Annabelle simply turn over and be just fine with some random guy crawling in bed with her, she had Annabelle screaming, kicking and reaching for a lamp to throw. The conversation between Annabelle and Ryan during the exchange was priceless!

In this fifth book of the Out of Uniform series we get to know Navy SEALs members, Ryan and Matt. While Matt isn’t a major factor in this story, let’s just say he leaves an indelible impression on Annabelle! I’m hoping Ms. Kennedy has one more Uniform story in mind so Matt can have his HEA as well.

You may remember Ryan from book four, Heat It Up. He is a complete charmer and Annabelle really has to put some effort into not giving into him from the get go. When she finally resolves her feelings regarding her recent breakup and decides to give Ryan a chance, the story really becomes interesting. Ryan challenges Annabelle’s perception of what is right and what is just plain “fun” and dirty. On the other hand, Annabelle gets Ryan to open up about his terrible childhood and eventually his obsession with his best friend’s girl. There is obvious personal growth for both Ryan and Annabelle that just added to the well thought out layers of the plot.

If you enjoy witty dialogue, sarcastic and sexy characters and a smoking HEA you will love Heat of the Night. This reviewer has added books 1 – 4 to her TBR list as well. There’s just something about a man in (or out of) uniform!

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