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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lucifer's Choice by Jianne Carlo

Lucifer's Choice by Jianne Carlo
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (153 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

To avoid a pre-arranged marriage to one of India’s most eligible bachelors, Nalini takes a cruise to New Zealand, finds work on a ship, and hides out for two years. Pirates storm the ship, and Lucifer’s Hades Squad team rescues the crew except for the lone female engineer who vanishes. Then Lucifer, aka Sax Anders, is hired to find the runaway bride, the daughter of close family friends.

Nalini learns Lucifer’s in Santa Fe. Her teenage crush on Lucifer’s never wavered even though she hasn’t seen him in eight years. Now she needs to lose her virginity to avoid marriage--could the fates have been kinder?

Lucifer never loses his cool, never acts on impulse, until one sultry Santa Fe night when he beds a mysterious exotic beauty who seems vaguely familiar. Their shattering sex stuns Lucifer; he suggests another date. Nalini informs him she’s engaged. He’s outraged--she used him.

It doesn't get much better when he learns his mysterious beauty is also that runaway bride.

“Wham, bam, thank you, sir” is what Sax Anders (aka Lucifer) thinks after learning that the woman he picked up at a bar and had sex with is engaged and just needed him to take her virginity. However, the trouble doesn’t stop there. After she walks out, he learns that the condom broke. Although he has no idea who the mystery woman is, he is determined to find her again.

When Nalini, who has a stubborn streak a mule could learn from, set up Sax --a big blonde alpha male who she had a crush on when she was a teenager--by giving him her innocence she hopes to get out of her engagement to a man she does not love. However, she does not realize their paths are destine to cross again so soon after their one night together. This story will take you on a wild ride, and leave you laughing and sighing long into the night.

Ms. Carlo created a tale where different customs and beliefs come together to make a delicious love story that will rival any romance movie on the big screen. A brilliant writer, she wastes no time in pulling the reader into the story and not letting go until the end. The sizzle between Nalini and Sax comes off the pages, so grab a fan or turn up the air because you are going to need it to cool yourself.

There were a number of things that stood out within the story line such as the Shakespearean clich├ęs, the Hindu upbringing and beliefs, and the Traditional Bharatanatyam Hindu dance, which I wanted to see a example of so spent some time looking up information on it after I finished reading the story. I found that with the “religion, culture and the vast divide in life experience” between the two main characters that the plot was new and refreshing.

You'll find yourself smiling when you see this alpha male get so hot he wants to beg. This is a scorching love story that will make you sigh and leaves you with a steaming impression of happy ever after. A must read and a great addition to your library, Lucifer's Choice is a well-written narrative full of action, laughter, and romance that will leave you smiling and dreamy eyed at the end.

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