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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Until Midnight by Desiree Holt and Cerise Deland

Until Midnight by Desiree Holt and Cerise Deland
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (108 pages)
Other: M/F, anal play
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Carnation

She’s a strong woman who runs her own high-profile security and protection agency. He’s a burned-out agent with Mossad on a personal crusade. But when Adam Molloy saves Nicole Wells’ life at a Mexican resort, circumstances bind them together. Not to mention the instant chemistry that is so hot it rivals the Mexican sun. One predatory kiss and Nicki’s body melts. They may be after drug dealers and killers, but there’s plenty of time for powerful orgasms and inventive erotic activities.

It’s soon evident that her would-be killer and Adam’s crusade intersect. The chase takes them from the Yucatan Peninsula to Washington, D.C., to a private island in the Bahamas. And the sex takes them to a new level of physical pleasure. Can they win this chase and escape the danger before the killers strike again? And will the pleasure last Until Midnight and for many midnights after that?

This is a stand-alone story, the second in the series, Nemesis.

A fast-paced and exciting read from the very first paragraph, this story is truly riveting and magnetic in its intensity. Rarely have I found a more erotically thrilling and satisfying affair than the one between this powerfully sexual and dynamic couple. The voracious and undeniable passion they have for each other slams into them the instant they meet and is urgently and immediately answered.

Nicole is a sexy, independent woman who is also a highly trained security professional with her own agency. Adam is a human weapon of assault and defense for military, Massad. They are thrown together in a private resort in Mexico by mysterious circumstances, expecting solitude and rest rather that the full-scale assassination attempts that Nicole has become the target of. They meet suddenly when Nicole is shot at and Adam is there, out of nowhere, to save her life by taking out the assassin. That is only the beginning of their mysterious and unexpected battle.

The intensity of these two type-A personalities and their open and straight-forward approach to their wild, abandoned sex completely captured me. Their fierce attraction creates a raging hunger that they have no desire to deny. This results in an unexpected and unbelievably hot experience that follows them throughout a dangerous and exhausting adventure. Nicole and Adam become competent and exciting partners in this clever and gutsy crime thriller.

The pace and suspense of the story and the explosive energy of the love affair is addicting. There is just the right amount of tension and complexity to the plot, which is compelling in itself. I was impressed with the superior and subtle character development and the nearly flawless flow of dialog. Add to that the chemistry between the highly intelligent and active main characters and it spells winner.

Until Midnight kept me on the edge of my seat and was a fun, roaring-hot read. I have nothing but praise for Desiree Holt and Cerise Deland, and will follow this series wherever they lead. If you appreciate high voltage romance and adventure, and quality writing, then you will want to read this story.

Here is an eloquent quote from this highly romantic tale: “Yes, she craved him. Like sunshine and rain. And for an excitement and delight in living that she had never known until he took her in his arms and loved her with that fabulous body.” I hope you enjoy, Until Midnight as much as I did.


Toni said...

Awesome review Carnation!! Desiree Holt has always been a must buy/read for me and you just proved why. Cerise is coming up right behind her. Boy, I hope Desiree doesn't read that - she has such a dirty mind (and I love it)!

Erica Pike said...

Congrats on the review :)

Cathy M said...

Definitely one of my favorite series, and the review was spot on.

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Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Thank you for the wonderful blurb and review for her books. The author is one the industries top writers, and I am always amazed at her stories. The intensity of the characters, and plot lines always grab readers and her books are always hard to put down. Thank you for the great review, and the contest...*S*



Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

LOL...sorry, I'm using my daughters old laptop until mine comes back for repair from HP, so I'm having trouble with this keyboard for some reason and half of my comment went to the great beyond...LOL
I think I'll blame the internet
But the rest of my comment was that Cherise Deland's book are always full of lusty sensuality.
I have both authors books in my forever keepers collection, and can't just read enough of their books..*S*
Thank you!



Anonymous said...

Desiree Holt is THE BOMB! If she chose to write a story with someone else, then I trust that Cerise is awesome also!

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