Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Winter Solstice

Title: The Winter Solstice
Author: Moria Hanson
Publisher: Siren Publishing
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ISBN: 1-61034-062-0
Genre: {M/F} Suspense, Erotic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Nina Daniels is frustrated with her famous movie star brother’s behavior towards her and she’s finally reached the point of quitting her job, plus she hasn’t had the best of luck with the men in her life and she has decided to become a spinster. She has to drive through the snow to get clothes her brother left behind and looses control of the car, skidding on the ice and off the side of the bridge crashing into the cold water.

When she wakes up warm, naked and in pain, she starts to panic but when she sees Hawk, there is an instant attraction between them. He explains to her that he rescued her from the wreck and asks her if she is feeling better. On the day they are preparing to leave the house, an intruder appears, and he’s determined to kill Hawk for the death of his son. After an explosion destroys the house completely, Nina is frantic to find Hawk and the wolf but there is no sight of them.

Former FBI agent Hawk Richardson has settled for a life without complications. His companion is a wolf he raised from a puppy and they venture out only when necessary. Hawk is angry and bitter with the Bureau for the loss of sight in one eye and refuses any further help from his former job. Now that the blizzard is in full force and Nina can’t leave, his new found feelings begin to surface and the two of them find themselves trying to avoid the electrical feelings.

While recovering from injuries of the bomb the intruder had on him, Hawk tells his friend from the Bureau not to let Nina know he’s alive. He thinks she won’t want him with the added scars and he thinks he’s convinced himself, but still can’t get her out of his mind or heart. Little does he know how she truly feels about him or the tears she shed at her loss of his presence? When they do see each other again, there are too many questions for both of them that need answers.

The Winter Solstice will be added to my long list of keepers! After reading this fascinating story of how a lasting bond starts and an intruder bent on revenge had me hooked from the beginning. This is quite the twisted tale of suspense and a steaming romance that could have gone different ways. The flow of the writing Ms. Hanson has is smooth and the plot is quite spellbinding and it had me wondering the whole time what would happen next with the two main characters.

Hawk’s emotions proved to be his downfall and Nina is what kept him going by her confidence in him. He thought no woman would ever want him with his scars and self-imposed secluded lifestyle. I am really proud of Nina for her determination to go on with life without Hawk or working for her controlling brother and I won’t give away the surprise they experienced, but I think you will enjoy reading it for yourself.

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