Friday, August 12, 2011

Keep it Under Wraps

Title: Keep it Under Wraps
Author: Lillian Grant
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-570-3
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Suspense Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx  

Actor Jonathon Deveraux’s trying to clean up his image, so he’s appalled on receiving a DVD he doesn’t remember staring in. He hires Georgina Stanvers to find the two women responsible but it’s obvious the PI doesn’t like him and he’s not certain he trusts her.  

George thinks Jonathon’s too much of a charmer and used to getting his own way and then there’s the matter of her father losing his retirement fund to bad investments in the film industry. When she and Jonathon reenact the bondage scene from the DVD trying to jog his memory, passion between them flares fiery hot and clothes disappear.  

The case is more complicated than originally thought when other threats surface and bullets fly. George puts herself in danger, Jonathon’s willing to do anything to protect her and the killer wants his money. Can these two trust each other enough to survive or will one or both of them get shot?  

Keep it Under Wraps is release two in Lillian Grant’s Reel to Real series and it takes up a few months after the first left off. While the previous characters make appearances, this story can be read as a standalone but for a fuller understanding of Jonathon’s personality, please read them in order.   

Jonathon’s a changed man since the events in Rio but his life is still in turmoil. I really appreciate Ms. Grant’s growth of his personality, while still allowing the reader to see his charm and sex appeal.  Add in the spunky George and you’ve got a winning combination that almost sizzles off the page. I admit to initially being a little put off by George’s attitude toward Jonathon. It didn’t make sense why a PI wanting a job with a famous Hollywood actor would act so snotty and her unrealistic rude behavior continued for some time. Fortunately the other parts of the story made me want to keep reading and I’m glad I did. 

Recreating the DVD scene is a great idea and getting these two together between the sheets is fiery hot. Truthfully, I never knew what to expect. It seemed like every time I turned a page another piece leading to the DVD puzzle appeared. Then there’s the issue of who exactly is looking into Jonathon’s business activity…the money…and why. That’s a whole other plot twist I didn’t see coming but which gives the story greater depth.  The secondary characters are plentiful, the locale changes from city to city and you even get to see a little of a movie set. The story’s a roller coaster ride of action and emotions from beginning to end.  Enjoy!

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