Monday, January 19, 2009

Rough Justice

Title: Rough Justice
Author: KyAnn Waters
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419918551
Genre: Contemporary M/F/M
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

When will Roxie learn? She’s stuck on the side of the road 5 miles from home having run out of gas, too far to walk at this time of night and what’s worse, she can’t get in touch with her best friend, Jay. She’s got no choice but to call for help and when the cavalry arrives, she sends up a silent prayer of thanks when she sees sheriff Ivan Soto step out of the cruiser. Ivan presses all her buttons and when he starts to dish out a little rough justice of his own, she can’t believe her luck.

When Jay hears Roxie’s calls for help on his answer machine, he rushes to check she’s okay. They may have an “open” relationship now but that doesn’t change the fact that he cares deeply for her. It may be late, but he wouldn’t be able to sleep until he knew she was safe. When he gets to Roxie’s place though, he sees that she is more than okay with the sheriff’s unique form of questioning. He’s known Roxie has a thing for Ivan for a while now but he just can’t let her go. If Ivan wants in, he’ll have to accept the both of them because Jay isn’t going anywhere.

Rough Justice is an enjoyable read but doesn’t quite deliver fully on what it sets out to do. The attraction between Roxie and Ivan is palpable at times and the relationship between Roxie and Jay believable. However, all three of them come across as slightly selfish; too focused on satisfying their individual desires, which isn’t a particularly endearing quality. The writing flows smoothly and is quite humorous at times. The sex scenes are extremely erotic and the author is successful up to a point in communicating the deepening connection between the characters through these scenes as Roxie and Jay invite Ivan into the relationship. However I found myself wanting to skim through the sex to find more substance. Although there were definitely quality moments, I didn’t quite find enough to leave me completely satisfied.

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