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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Operation: Tempt Me by Christina James

Operation: Tempt Me by Christina James
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (257 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Librarian Cambrie Brasher has been given an ultimatum—win the grant for the library or lose her job. To accomplish the task, Cambrie needs a man. Not just any man, a military man willing to be her pen pal. Thanks to an old friend, Cambrie connects with Miller Daly, a sexy Navy SEAL who ignites her sensual side and promises to make her hottest dreams a reality.

Lieutenant Miller Daly has been haunted by dreams of a woman he’s never met. Thanks to the machinations of his former commander, he’s saddled with some frumpy librarian who wants to be his cyber pal. What he really needs is a cyber siren TO take his mind OFF his mission and give him the opportunity to play out some of his most erotic fantasies.

Cambrie is no frump and she shares Miller’s interest in a hot affair. Unfortunately, he’s always in another corner of the world and Cambrie is devoted to the frail aunt who raised her. They must steal every steamy moment together, but how long can the fires of their passion sustain them?

I enjoy romance fantasies about librarians; they are usually full of surprises and often toy with the stereotypes. Operation: Tempt Me didn’t disappoint.

Cambrie is an all around good woman. She lost her parents when she was young, was raised by an aunt and now she’s doing the responsible adult thing by caring for the woman while her health is precarious and is stuck in a nursing home. The heroine has a job but it’s in jeopardy. All good plot conflicts that grab a reader’s heart strings and strums them to perfection. She also has a wonderful sense of humor, sense of justice and a good heart. Sounds very vanilla, doesn’t it? Not for long.

Enter Miller, the hero -- a strong man doing dangerous things while serving our country as a Navy SEAL. Right there is a reason to snare my attention. That he has been dreaming of his perfect woman but hadn’t any hopes of finding her any time soon rang the romance bells in my head. He was going to find more than he imagined and everything he hoped for, but better. The plot thickens.

How does a vanilla woman entice a red hot alpha hero? By tapping into the vixen inside and letting her out to play. And that is the one thing that Ms. James delivers exceptionally well. Every kinky, naughty, deliciously experimental bed scene was well done with some interesting dialogue sprinkled in to showcase the forward movement of their relationship. For readers that really get into the erotic side of erotic romance this book should be a winner. From the toys, to the computer, from the actual meeting and the various ways the hero takes the heroine, it’s all well done and initially, exciting.

After awhile, the spanking, the verbiage, every time they’re together, they jump on each other -- it’s not a bad thing, but I got bored. At first I skimmed, and then I just plain skipped those scenes to get to where real story telling took place. Yes, there were moments where their eyes met and words were exchanged that do indicate that they were falling in love and it was beautiful, as a romance should be. But it was just too overdone and became repetitive. There’s only so many ways to say the big “O” is coming and I’d swear every one was used.

The ones that stand out are the earlier scenes where Miller discovers how unique and special Cambie is. She lets him explore and allows him ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before’. His reaction was as yummy as this reader could have wished. I enjoyed the heroine’s blushes, the hero’s growls and the emotional tug of war that came from both of them realizing that where they both are in life makes the success of their relationship almost impossible.

Ms. James has an uncanny knack for writing emotion. When it came to important matters of the heart, of dealing with family and friends, the dialogue was a winner. There was no doubt in my mind just how much Cambrie was respected, how much she loved her aunt, how determined she was to make a difference in one young boy’s life or how she deeply she felt about things important to her, because it was all there in the words.

The ending was crafty, entertaining and quite delicious. I loved the big surprise and how it was orchestrated. I enjoyed how the author described the whole scene and even there, how she injected humor. I laughed at Miller’s fellow soldiers and sighed at the last sentence. This story has a great happily ever after wrap up.

Operation: Tempt Me is a really fun read. It has a lot going for it, characters that are fascinating to read about, internal conflicts that make sense, physical hijinks that could make a person’s cheeks warm and energetic dialogue that kept the story flowing. There is so much to enjoy and certainly this book is guaranteed entertainment. I think readers of erotic romance are going to have a great time when they pick up their own copy of Operation: Tempt Me. I’m glad I read it.

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