Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Speak to Me of Abduction

Title: Speak to Me of Abduction
Author: Lillian Grant
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-354-9
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Suspense Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Charlene Paige runs out of money and ends up stranded in Rio, working as a hotel maid.  Against her better judgment but desperate for cash to get out of town, she’s offered and accepts a small part in a new movie shooting nearby. When her womanizing co-star, Jonathon Deveraux, disappears, she contacts his famous older brother, Jacob. The now reclusive Oscar winner reluctantly agrees to help Charlene but he’s determined to keep his distance, despite his simmering attraction to her.  

As the hunt for Jonathon continues and Charlene and Jacob grow closer, it becomes clear that the target is actually Jacob and making him pay for something that happened in his past. It makes him afraid for Charlene’s safety and even with his precautions, she’s kidnapped off the street. Can Jonathon and Charlene be found in time or will Jacob lose the two people who mean the most to him? 

Speak to Me of Abduction is the first release in Lillian Grant’s new series Reel to Real. Charlene is an interesting woman and I immediately felt sorry for her on discovering the conditions under which she is living. The initial scenes where she meets the men involved in the movie are well described, showing them to be repulsive and seedy. The personality of Charlene is well rounded, a bit naïve but still pleasant, levelheaded and well traveled.  Jacob is a different kind of interesting. He’s older, more mature, has been hurt in the past but at heart, he’s still a protector. He’s a great friend, brother and lover and the way Ms. Grant wrote him made me want to know more about him. 

The mystery/kidnapping part of the story is interesting and doesn’t overbalance the romance between Jacob and Charlene, the descriptions of the locale and situations are vivid and the personalities of both primary and secondary characters nicely handled. The sexual tension…the build-up of the relationship of Jacob and Charlene is well done and when they finally get together, it’s sizzling. The action packed scenes near the end are some of the best in the book and I really enjoyed seeing the villain get their just desserts. Watch for Keep it Under Wraps, the next book in the series, coming soon.

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