Title: Intense Pleasure
Author: Lora Leigh
Series: Bound Hearts, #14
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 3, 2016
TOO HOT TO HANDLE
Her name is Summer, as beautiful and occasionally fierce as her name suggests. Her past has just come back to haunt her, and suddenly she’s not sure who she can trust. Her longtime confidantes Falcone and Raeg seem to have Summer’s best interests at heart. . .but it’s clear that their desire for her still burns between them. Can they find a way to keep Summer safe—or will a bitter rivalry stand in their way?
Falcone and Raeg need to work together, now more than ever, if they intend to protect Summer from an old enemy who knows her dangerous secret. When Summer’s identity as a sweet, Southern socialite gets out, the two men must find a way to draw out the ruthless assassin on her trail. . .and keep their illicit romance with her under wraps. But some passions are so intense they can’t remain hidden.
What are Falcone and Raeg willing to risk for the woman they both crave like no other, in Intense Pleasure, the next Bound Hearts novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh.
All you have to say is Lora Leigh and I am all over the book. Normally, I love everything she writes and I love this series, but with this book I have mixed feelings. Intense Pleasure is about CIA operative Summer, who is basically burned out from her job and walks away for a normal life. The two heroes in this story, Raeg and Falcon, both want her and when they find out that she is in danger - it gives them the opening they need to move in on her.
Now this book had hot sex and suspense which is a trademark for this series. It's also two of the things that make me love it. As far as character development goes I wasn't completely sold on it. I really wanted to see Summer as a real kicka*s heroine, but I feel like she fell short of the mark.
Falcon came across as the weaker of the two men. Normally with a ménage story you have one man that is the stern, brooding type and one man that is the softer, more romantic type. I would have loved to see just a little more strength from Falcon. Now Raeg is the one that rubbed me the wrong way. He came across as a bit of a harda*s to me as far as Summer was concerned and I felt like she just kept taking it instead of putting him in his place at least once.
So I'm basically on the fence with this. Do I wish we had been given a little bit more in this story? Yes. But Lora does give us enough of the hot sex and suspense to draw the story out.
Intense Pleasure could be considered a standalone, but me, personally, I would read previous books the fully understand this story.
~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars
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Lora's family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora's life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.
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