Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: DANGEROUS LOVER by Lisa Marie Rice

When Jack was a homeless teen living in a shelter, he met Caroline, a rich girl who volunteered with the homeless and was not only beautiful, but kind to him.  She represented all of the good in the world and he because infatuated with her.  When his alcoholic father dies, he sets off on his own, eventually taken in by an Army colonel and adopted. 

Fast forward twelve years.  Jack has lived a dangerous life in some of the roughest corners of the world as a private security guard and executive in his adopted father’s company.  When his father passes away, Jack settles his unfinished business, sells the company and returns to the town where Caroline lives.  When he finds her, she is no longer wealthy.  Her life has been one tragedy after another.  Now, she is alone and in dire straights financially.  Over a Christmas where they are trapped in her home by a blizzard, they fall in love. 

Aside from the love story, there is another plot involving blood diamonds.  Part of Jack’s loose-ends that he needed to tie up involved him going to Africa, busting up a diamond smuggling ring and making off with $20 million in stones.  The nasty, jealous man that he lifted the stones from is out to hunt him down.

I guess this was an okay story.  It has lots of potential, I just think it never quite lived up to it.  This is an erotic romance, but the sex scenes were repetitive and uninspiring.  There was little dialogue which made the love story implausible.  The blood diamonds were interesting, but took a backseat to the romance storyline.  Caroline was boring as a character.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more personality.  Same with Jack.  He didn’t talk much and was too serious.  The ending of the story was very abrupt and left way too much open-ended.  This was an entertaining book, but don’t expect to get too much out of it.

Overall, I give Dangerous Lover

Plot – 2 ½ bookmarks (Could have been more if the ending had been better.)
Character Development – 1 ½ bookmarks
Love Story – 2 bookmarks
Sex Scenes - 1 1/2 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Rachael McAdams (Caroline), Chaske Spencer (Jack/Ben), Aaron Eckhart (Sanders)

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