Thursday, July 9, 2015

Short Fuse

Title: Short Fuse
Author: Rebecca Crowley
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61922-991-4
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 07-28-2015

Nicola Holt loves her job as head of social and corporate responsibility for Garraway Gold and travels the world, helping local people wherever her company has mining facilities.  Every trip has problems and a country trying to recover from civil unrest needs special attention. That’s why Garraway’s board sends in a security specialist, who turns out to be her seat mate. Not only is the man gorgeous but he’s good at his job. When two fellow passengers act unruly, he trusses them up using their own clothing.

Warren Copley isn’t thrilled with taking a contract with the gold industry but after being suspended from South Africa’s elite tactical police division, he doesn’t have a choice. The job doesn’t sound like a problem but the distracting woman sitting next to him might be. On arriving at their destination of Hambani, Warren’s opinion of the situation changes—the area is a powder keg waiting to explode. Can they deal with their growing attraction and the increasing danger? Can they get out of the area alive?

Short Fuse is the second release in Rebecca Crowley’s contemporary romantic suspense series, Elite Operators. Despite being part of a series, this can be read as a standalone.

I really appreciate that the male leads in the series have so far been part of the South African special police. It’s a nice change from other books of the genre and thus sets the location in a part of the world that isn’t generally featured in romance novels. It’s a great idea. And Warren in Short Fuse being an explosive expert is certainly unique too. 

The personalities of Warren and Nicola are nicely developed, the pace is fast and there’s plenty of action and danger throughout the plot. I like the mine, with its growing unrest, as the setting for the story. The details of running the mine, its workers, the brewing military uprising and the danger are vividly covered, making the story come alive.  The author did a great job balancing the growing relationship between Warren and Nicola with all the other things going on around them.  Yes, they have strong personalities and opinions, so they disagree and clash from the beginning but their attraction is sizzling. I look forward to the next book in this well written and entertaining series.

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