Well, this was an eye-opener. From the minute the hero and heroine see each other it is a sizzling sexual attraction. Honestly, contemporary writers should use this book’s sex scenes as a how-to-write-erotica without mentioning one major body part. Okay, one or two may have been mentioned, but the eroticism of the love scenes was marked more for the passion than the exchange of bodily fluids. I swear steam came off the screen of my computer. The inner nosy researcher in me wonders, was this written around an anniversary? Sadly the male counterpart of the writing team died a year after this was published.
Anyhoo, the heroine needs to escape because her circa 1985 coked up, stalker boyfriend won’t stop stalking her. This was published in 1998. I was curious about stalking as the hero actually identifies his behavior as such, and googling it looks like the US and Australia are pretty much in sync when it came to stalking laws which also means more than a few women had to die or be raped because of their lack. Sorry. Bad mood.
Anyhoo, we were off to 4 star start as despite the chemistry the heroine is simply interested in escaping an untenable situation, and the H needs a teacher for some of the children, including his son, on the station. He only takes the heroine on because he sees the devastation her ex is causing. He doesn’t want a Painted Up Wicked City Woman causing trouble with his men as she’s already causing trouble as he has a party in his pants every time he looks at her.
At the station, the H’s Aunt is a total stone cold witch because the heroine is from the C-I-T-Y and all bad things like the H’s ex are from the C-I-T-Y. Plus the son is hostile and frightened.
The heroine takes the you are a Painted Up Wicked City Woman just so much then blows up at the H. Passion ensues, and the two embark on an affair. AN AFFAIR! Even more. Warning: she’s not a virgin, virginaholics. A star started dropping for me as the heroine seemed to jump into the affair a little too soon after her rant. I would have preferred if she had been a little feistier, a little longer, but the attraction was there in spades between the two from the gitgo. The H is little grumpy at first, but once they embark on the romance not so secret affair that everyone knows about he’s a gentleman and very protective.
Cutting to the chase, toss in an evil OW from a nearby station and an epic Texas Australian style comeuppance for more than one evil doer, and I am going to grudgingly give it four stars.
The Outback station life is well done. Not as well done as Margaret Way, but nice none the less.
The kids go to what is called the School of Air which means they participate electronically. Images from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow kept coming to mind.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon (11 September 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263811387
- ISBN-13: 978-0263811384
- Package Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 1.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 99.8 g
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