Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SUNNY - BOOK REVIEW: "Necessary Force" by D.D. Ayres

As a favor for a friend, photojournalist Zoe Kantor agrees to do a photoshoot for a sexy calendar to raise money for retired K-9 animals. A favor she's happy to do, especially when she can’t take her eyes off one of the police officers participating. But when she's targeted by a deadly assassin who wants her dead, Zoe finds that her gorgeous cop is the only one who can help.

Eric Lawson is a man with a lot to prove, so when he and his K-9 partner are assigned to protect the pretty photographer, he's determined to keep things professional. He just didn't count on sparks flying. 

This is my first book by this author and based on my experience, it won’t be the last.  Thinking this was going to be a hot firefighter book, I was pleasantly surprised that this is a scorching bomb squad story.  The first chapter is really a standout.  Because Georgia is a photographer, the writing is a visual playground.  The description of the man in her bed – Vulnerable, yet vividly alive.  One long muscular leg stretched out fully atop the sheets. The other was tangled in the bedding, drawn up at a right angle to offer tantalizing shadowy glimpses of his impressive equipment – is enough to send the heart aflutter.  There are moments of candor and humor:  Hard to say which par of him was her favorite.  Who was she kidding.  It was his butt.  

In very quick order, Georgia is in a bad situation that keeps getting worse.  The author pumps up the suspense that keeps the readers attention.  D.D. Ayres injects a certain level of sweetness into the story.  It is not an all-out sprint with the two characters  burning the sheets, but rather a level of restraint that I find appealing. 

For a novella, this one hits all the right notes.  The writing, romance, and action are top notch and I can’t wait for the next read.

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