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Unexpected Temptation

Samantha Hunter

Harlequin Blaze #790

Mass Market

978‑0373797943

****1/2

 

      Luke Berringer has been in pursuit of Nicole Brooks for years, and he’s finally found her. Her house is blown up, and he’s there to catch her at the jail and make sure she answers for her crimes. She claims to be a schoolteacher named Vanessa Grant, but he’s sure she’s lying. Unfortunately for him, evidence is mounting to confirm her story, and after one scorching kiss, Luke sees more evidence of the truth behind it.

      Vanessa does not understand any of this. Now she’s lost her home and has been asked to stay away from her job to keep the kids safe. After another attempt is made on her life, she joins forces with Luke to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Soon she discovers they’re both after the same person--"Nicole Brooks" who is actually Vanessa’s sister, Julie. But as they work towards somewhat of a common goal, their simmering attraction is primed to explode.

      Samantha Hunter’s latest continues her “Berringer Brothers” series, but the tale stands alone. Though readers of the previous tale benefit from prior knowledge of events here, it’s not necessary to enjoy this. The tangled plot is a joy to navigate and unweave, and the chemistry between Luke and Vanessa is intense.
Heather Nordahl Files


Unforgettable 
Samantha Hunter 
Harlequin Blaze #779 
Mass Market 
978‑0373797837 
****1/2

 

            Erin Riley used to be a firefighter, but then she was injured in a fire. Now, she can’t remember much of anything about her life in the last ten years. Now she’s working for her sister as a florist and doing her best to reinvent her life, but the huge void in her memory is overwhelming. She hangs out with the guys from the fire department, but one man is holding himself apart, and he both attracts and terrifies her.
            Bo Myers was secretly involved with Erin for a year, but they broke up shortly before the fire. Now she doesn’t remember their connection, but one kiss in a parking lot flares up enough heat to scare her. Now they’re back together, but their reunion has an agenda. Bo is the fire marshal, and that fire is a case he has not closed. If their emotional and sexual connection revives enough memories, maybe the unsolved aspects of the fire can also be revealed. But if they keep playing with their personal fire, one of them could get burned, and Bo fears he’ll be the one.
            Samantha Hunter's latest is a fantastic read. Her leads are complex, with strong emotional depth and a sizzling sexual connection. There’s also a moving secondary romance between Erin’s sister and a fireman. A stronger focus on solving the mystery would have brought this tale near perfection, but that’s a small quibble.

Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

 

Hers for the Holidays

Samantha Hunter

Harlequin Blaze #728

Mass Market

978‑0373797325

****1/2

 

Ely Berringer recently had a one night stand with sexy tattoo artist Lydia Hamilton, but she made it clear she did not want more than that. Now she's been away from Philadelphia for a long time, and her best friend (who is also Ely's sister‑in‑law) asks him to see if she's all right. That search takes him to Clear River, Montana.

Lydia's mother recently died, and the terms of the will state that she must stay at the ranch for one month. Years ago, she ran away after her best friend ended up in a wheelchair. She blames herself and hopes to avoid as many old friends as possible, which is difficult in such a small town. She’s also dealing with small but escalating incidents of harassment. She’s not happy to see Ely at first, but he quickly becomes indispensable. Now if she can just resist sleeping with him again....

Samantha Hunter's latest Berringer tale is a delicious and delightful read. Her characters are complex, the plot is suspenseful, and the love scenes will keep you warm on a cold winter's night.

Heather Nordahl Files
 

 

 

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