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Deadline was like a freight train. It was so out of the blue. I wasn't expecting it, but I sure did enjoy riding it...
Even though Gillian is a generation older than I am, she's a writer. So I instantly had a connection with her. Her success as a writer was a great way to enter into the book. Add to that, that she writes erotic romance novels and I was sold.
Add to that mix, something like this:
and you had one hell of a sizzling story. Now, this alone would have been a decent book, but then Scarlet adds in a wicked little thriller plot to spice things up even more.
I liked the thriller plot, though I feel that Gillian's initial reaction to it was not very realistic... that's a minor issue.
The sexy scenes with Sam Taylor, our resident studly police chief, were delightfully mixed. There was such a delicious mix of sweet and hotter-than-hell sexy. That made the scenes feel very realistic. The gentle exploration and the brain-mush high power rutting all mixed in together. I am verily impressed. The light BDSM was just that, light. Not straying into the realm of floggers and latex, but sticking well within in the realm of normal. Light bondage and sensory play, some dirty talk and fantasy play. All delightfully well written.
I also appreciated that when Gillian climaxed it wasn't all fireworks and sparklers, but something more real and accessible for the reader, sweet and sexy wrapped up together.
I would have liked a bit more substance to the supporting characters, and the antagonist. I picked up about half way through who it would be, but it wasn't super obvious.
Overall, I can safely say that I will be reading more of Scarlet's work and I only hope that Gillian and Sam make a come back.
**Note: I was provided an electronic version of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**