Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Review: 'Hooked' by J.B. Duvane

Vermont author Natasha Tanner currently works as a secretary in a law firm but her passion is writing - and about romance stories those antagonists are the men she hates to love and loves to hate: the Bad Boys. The BAD BOYS theme is a theme Natasha (and now with co-author JB Duvane) has developed very well. Her 'bad boys' are basically Alpha Men who take advantage of women until a strong woman matches egos and pursuits. The interchange provides plenty of opportunities for crises and resolution of same but the concept of bad boys offers an opportunity for erotic encounters with a punch, and Natasha excels in those passages. She continues to mature as a writer and her erotic imagination keeps pace.

Natasha blends mystery, crime, hospital politics and medical atmosphere into this little sizzler of a story. This is a very strong novel. The synopsis provided shows the vantage of the two main characters – Zach and Mia: ‘To everyone else in town, Zack is just an ex-con. All he wants is to be an MMA fighter … and good girl Mia is the only one who knows he's going to be a daddy. Zack - I lost a year of my life and my MMA career to prison, and I earned every day of that sentence. But I did it for a woman. To protect her and our unborn child. And then I found out it was all a lie. When I got out, I vowed I'd never make the same mistake again. Until I met Mia. I told myself no distractions. No complications. I was dedicating my life to training. To fighting. So why do I find myself wanting to fight for her? Mia - If it wasn’t for Zack and his fierce right hook, I’d be dead right now. I was a stranger to him …drunk and alone in a dark alley with two guys who weren’t taking no for an answer. He helped me and now I want to help him. But I want more than that. I want all of him. Strong, sexy, dangerous …I’ve never been so hooked on a guy in my life. But now things have gotten complicated and that’s exactly what he didn’t want. It will ruin everything if I tell him I’m carrying his baby. I love him, my father hates him, but our baby needs him.’

Solid characterizations well plotted story, and lots of steamy erotica. Another winner on the shelf for Natasha Tanner and JB Duvane. Grady Harp, July 16

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