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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hunting J.C. by Dominique Eastwick

Hunting J.C. by Dominique Eastwick
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (181 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

What JC wants JC gets, and she wants Hunter no matter what.

Hunter Brooks has spent the last decade staying as far away from the Sherman family and Jacinda Sherman as possible. No matter how much Hunter might want Jacinda, honor dictates a man doesn’t go near a best friend's baby sister. But now, she is safely married so all should be safe. Can Hunter pay J.C.'s price and still come out on top?

Her whole life, Jacinda Sherman let everyone tell her what she can and cannot have. That includes Hunter. Now she's grown up, divorced, and what J.C. wants J.C. gets. This time, Hunter won't be leaving without J.C. getting what she desires.

Can these two lovers find a way to live happily ever after? Or will life throw a wrench in their carefully laid plans?

Hunter has always appreciated Jacinda for the bookish nerd she used to be. Years have passed since he's seen her and what he sees now is a whole lot of trouble. His appreciation of her now would not be welcome by her brothers. In fact, it would cause tension in a family who took him in as one of their own. It's just too bad the new and improved “J.C.” didn't get the same memo.

In a last ditch attempt to make Hunter see her as the woman she has grown to be, Jacinda uses all the feminine wiles in her arsenal to tempt him. She knows it's a do or die seduction situation and if she can't change Hunter's mind, then her dreams of forever with him will be crushed for good. Doesn't mean she won't take him for a ride if that's all he's willing to give, but the situation turns critical when photos of them in compromising positions appear and threats against Hunter's business turn deadly.

Conflicted over how to handle their growing feelings, Hunter and J.C. are forced to make some drastic decisions that will hurt their loved ones. What they didn't anticipate was hurting each other.

Hunting J.C. is the first in a series about a meddling but loveable family, where the children are challenged in the love department. J.C., being the youngest Sherman and the only female, sheds her good girl existence and surgically enhances her appearance to appease a husband who is now her ex. Her personality is at times temperamental, but I appreciated that she is the initial aggressor in starting a relationship with Hunter. While Hunter may come across as a bit of a playboy, he's still a good-guy at heart. The Sherman family trusts him implicitly. Hunter and J.C. do have haunted pasts that have shaped the people they are in the present, but it also fuels explosions in both passion and anger.

The storyline demands attention of the reader with the couple's intense ups and downs, but the mystery portion fell a bit flat with a rushed ending. However, I was still compelled to continue Hunter and J.C.'s journey as it took on unexpected detours even at the end. The writing is visually clear and contains great combinations of humor, anger, and passion, so it should be no surprise I'm absolutely looking forward to my next Sherman family fix!

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