Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Naked Detective

Title: The Naked Detective
Author: Vivi Andrews
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60928-247-9
Genre: [M/F] Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Since the manifestation of Ciara’s unusual gift while a teenager, she’s turned into a virtual recluse to avoid the excruciating pain that a simple human touch can bring. Because of her limitations, she rarely leaves the house but spends her time suspended in her pool where the water amplifies her powers. Her already odd life gets a little stranger when she’s assigned a new FBI handler, Nathan Smith, who doesn’t believe in Ciara’s psychic ability. Instead he thinks she’s is part of an elaborate robbery ring, refusing to believe anything he can’t see.

Assigned to permanent desk duty after suffering a severe gunshot wound, Nathan isn’t thrilled when he finds himself babysitting a fake psychic finder. Despite their attraction, he’s sure she’s working some scam and ends up dragging her to Atlantic City is search of a stolen ruby necklace belonging to Monaco’s royal family. It doesn’t take long for them to realize there’s more going on between them than just looking for a jewel, and if they’re not careful they could lose more than the ruby—they could lose their lives.

The Naked Detective is the 4th book in Vivi Andrews’ Karmic Consultants series and it’s slated for release on November 16, 2010. It’s another great addition to this fun and fast paced series and it had me chuckling on the very first page. I loved the premise of Ciara’s psychic gift and that she could only use it naked. It was totally unexpected and showed Ms. Andrews’s great creativity and comic flair for the unusual.

As individuals, Ciara and Nathan are great, but put them opposite each other and the irritation and sparks fly from the moment they met and truthfully, there isn’t anything about them I didn’t like. Ciara is sincere, passionate about what she does and determined to use her talent to the best of her ability. Nathan is all Alpha male—determined, dedicated and maybe a little too opinionated for his own good. They play well off of each other and made me laugh more than once. Their chemistry is instant, the passion intense and when it finally happens, the sex blistering hot.

The descriptions of Atlantic City and the people seen wandering the streets are nicely handled, as is the suspense element and the bad guy (enough said) at the end. If you’re looking for a fun read, this little story fits the bill perfectly.

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