Wine and Roses by Ursula Sinclair
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length Short Story (86 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia
Eboni Stiles thought Simon Blackcat was a walking, talking mass of perfectly packaged testosterone trouble. She made it a point to stay as far away from him as possible. Especially after that one night, she lost her mind and slept with him.
After she witnessed a murder, Simon’s the only man who can protect her from the danger hunting her. But while hiding out on a mountain top alone with him, who's going to protect her heart?
An evening with Eboni was not enough for Simon, not even close. So when Eboni’s life was in danger, he was the only man he trusted to protect her. Because those chasing her would have to kill him to get to her, and Blackcat did not die easily.
Eboni Stiles witnessed a murder and now the killer is after her, so she called the only person she knew would come and protect her: Simon Blackcat. The characters of Simon, Eboni, Shanna and his partner, Ross Marshall, were introduced in the first book of the series, White Wedding. Simon and Ross are owners of The Guardian Agency, a business that provides bodyguards, which is how Ross and Eboni’s sister Shanna met. Simon and Eboni had a one night stand and Simon wanted nothing more than to continue seeing Eboni, but she declined. She told him that what they had was just sex; mind blowing, knee shaking sex, but just sex. Simon, who never cared when women left after sex, couldn't get Eboni out of his mind. He wanted more and that’s why when Eboni called and told him that she needed him, Simon raced to her rescue.
Eboni did want more than one night with Simon but she didn't want to lose her heart to him so she decided to keep her distance. That all changed since she witnessed a murder, and she knew the killer saw her. She knew she needed Simon. Simon Blackcat was the type of character dreams are made of. He's tall, dark and handsome. The character was tender when he needed to be and deadly when called for. Eboni’s character was no shrinking violet who constantly needed Simon to reassure her, she was just as tough but vulnerable at the same time. These two characters complimented each other and the other characters in the book helped round out the story.
The story gripped me from the start and immersed me in the lives of these characters so that I became completely invested in them. I got to see what made Simon tick and what demons chased him, and how Eboni helped heal him. Even the villain in the book was interesting, I just wanted to reach right into the page and grab him, shake him a bit then leave him for Simon to dispose of.
As I said this book is part of The Guardian Agency series and can be read as a stand alone, however you would get so much more out of this story if you read the first book White Wedding. By doing that you will understand the dynamics between the characters and when you sit down to read this one you will already be invested. This is an enjoyable book with lots of sexual heat and action, and one I’m sure you will want to read more than once.