Monday, October 2, 2017

Book Review: 'Perfect Spiral' by Lane Hart

North Carolina author Lane Hart is a prolific erotica writer with a dozen steamy stories that have a committed following. Lane draws from her background - a Masters in Criminal Justice and having spent ten years working as a paralegal for a criminal defense attorney – to keep her stories gritty. Her range of topics is extensive – from paranormal to her favored martial arts and football players to cops to vampires – and in this book she manages to focus on sports. She is married to fellow author D.B. West.

Lane has a talent for character development, not a trait we often see in erotica writer. The opening chapter gives us a strong impression of her main characters. Callie Clarke (6 months before the story begins) encounters her sister – ‘“Callie, wait. Just hear me out. Please?” she comes across the yard and begs, her normally sunny blonde hair dyed a depressing black. “I don’t care if you’re starving or homeless or whatever other sad sob story you have. I will never give you another penny for you to spend on heroin,” I tell her before scurrying up the three steps of the front porch. “I’m pregnant.” Just two words, but they manage to steal my breath and weaken my knees. I have to reach for the stair rail to keep myself standing.’ And as the story opens we meet Quinton – ‘Some people spend their entire lives searching for that one unique thing that they’re completely and utterly passionate about, their God-given purpose, if you will, and never actually succeed in finding it. Me? Well, I found my calling when I was only seven years old. Tall and lanky for my age even then thanks to my father’s giant German ancestors, I was assigned to the Roanoke Bulldog’s quarterback position. I didn’t understand the importance of this role on our peewee team until our first game. We were down fourteen to nothing in the first seconds of the fourth quarter. The center hiked the ball to me at the forty-yard line and then, with a sudden moment of clarity, I realized that not only was I literally the only one holding the vital pigskin in my hands, but I was the only one holding it figuratively as well.’

So now we’ve met the actors and the story opens – ‘Quinton Dunn - I had the perfect life. Getting paid millions to play the sport I love and spending most of my nights with all the adoring female fans, what more could I possibly want? I sure as hell didn’t want the baby boy someone dropped on me before running, leaving behind a note saying he’s mine. If that’s true, then I don’t have a freakin’ clue who his mother could be. Until I get the paternity test results, though, the kid’s my responsibility. The sleepless nights with a crying baby have me crashing and burning on the football field, putting my superstar career in jeopardy. And suddenly, the only woman I want hates me with a fiery passion. I knew Callie wasn’t going to be easy to win over. Not when she blames me for her sister’s death. Oh, and if this baby turns out to be my son, Callie’s determined to take him away from me. Somehow I’ll have to find a way to prove to her that there’s more to me than my perfect spiral.’
Lane spins a romance well – with emotions, erotica, and just fine writing. Grady Harp, March 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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