Monday, July 14, 2008

Recent Read

Dangerous Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice

Why this one: I’ve just recently discovered this author and I’ve loved all her books so far. So when this one came out it was a given that I would read it.

Steam Level: Whoa Mama – this one is steaming

Amazon Blurb: Small-town librarian Charity Prewitt never dreamed she'd meet and fall in love with a man like Nicholas Ames. The handsome, rich, charming, sexy-as-hell millionaire blew into tiny Parker's Ridge, Vermont, and immediately rocked her world. Powerful, sensual, the perfect man, Nick knows all the right words—and all the right spots to touch, sending her soaring to dizzying new heights of ecstatic abandon. Never before has prim and proper Charity leapt into bed with a perfect stranger—and now that she's there with him, nothing is going to drag her away!

But Nick Ames is not who he claims to be. In truth, he is Nicholas Ireland—the one they call "Iceman." A former Delta Force operator, now a high-level undercover agent, he will do whatever his government asks of him—lie, seduce, betray . . . even kill, if necessary—for the sake of the mission. And this time his mission is Charity Prewitt.

Suddenly one woman has broken down his chilly restraint and ignited his passions completely. And before the erotic dream turns into a nightmare, will Charity be able to melt the Iceman's cold, cold heart?

My Thoughts: I think I could copy Katie’s review and paste it here ‘cause we are pretty much in agreement on this one. LMR writes alpha heroes like nobody’s business. Nick was an alpha to die for and so protective of Charity. His nickname of Iceman was blown to smithereens when he is assigned to infiltrate and get to ‘know’ Charity. Her very good friend who unbeknownst to her, was a real leader in the Russian Mafia. Now he was an interesting character. Mad as a hatter he was but when reading why he turned out to be the soulless villain he was, one couldn’t but help feeling bad for him. It didn’t make him any less evil, but it’s not often you find yourself almost sympathizing with the bad guy. But back to Nick and Charity. Nick is totally thrown off his game plan by Charity. He’s not known as the Iceman for nothing. She ‘gets’ to him like nobody ever has before. He’s used sex as a tool to get information before and it meant nothing or less than nothing to him, but with Charity he feels things. There is one scene that is quite amusing. He is following her home from her job as a librarian while talking to one of his very few friends on the phone. His friend, a financial wizard has just told him he’s worth a million dollars but all Nick can do is bitch about what he thinks is Charity’s lousy driving. I did feel that Nick could have felt a little worse for lying to Charity, though he does do everything to protect her.

Charity was alright as a heroine. She didn’t stand out that much for me, but she was good. She was a little on the naïve side and I found her caving into Nick a little too easily.

While I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as Dangerous Lover and the Midnight series, still, overall I was quite a happy reader while reading this one.

Grade: 4 out of 5


It will also stand out for another reason. It was while reading this book, I came fully out of my romance reading closet. I was sitting reading it at the picnic table at lunch one day when someone came and sat beside me and asked what I was reading. I had a split second to either hide it away or come out totally. So I quickly thought ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’. I don’t really understand that expression but that’s what ran through my brain anyway. So I held the book out to her. She asked if there was sex in it and I replied ‘Oh yaaaaa, there’s a lot of that in here’. It actually felt quite freeing! She replied she didn’t read romance or that kind of book, but she wasn’t snotty or anything about it – and she is one of the most cynical people I work with.

So, I also have to thank Lisa Marie Rice for making me finally taking a stand. I still haven’t stood up on tables and yelled out ‘My Name is Kristie J and I read Romance Novels’ but who knows – maybe I will do that sometime.


erika said...

I'm seriously thinking of giving this bk a try. The next time I'm at books a million perhaps.

I *love* heroes like Rice writes!

pidute said...

Good for you !
I usually have no problem with saying what i read ,it's the cover of the book that make me squirm (some time it's very hard to be taken seriously with some of the weird covers)

Kristie (J) said...

Erika; What I really love about her books is she writes smokin' hawt books without the kink. There's a lot of stuff in the more erotically inclined books that just make me go eeewwwww, but not in LMR's books - at least the ones I've read and I've read 5 of her books now with one more of her older books in the TBR pile.

Pidute: It may not seem like it, but that was a big moment for me. And the cover of her book is good - very sensual and you know what's probably inside, without being over the top.

pidute said...

This one is really nice without being over the top but some of them as you said eewwwwww

Katie(babs) said...

Just like you said Kristie, LMR's book are so hawt with no kinky, omg how can they bend that way?
I adore her heroes also :D

Kristie (J) said...

Katie! Morning - just think where we will be two weeks from today!

Pidute: So you've read some of her books? Do you have a favourite?

pidute said...

*blush blush* (have to work better in my English...)
I was referring to covers of romance in general because you said you came out of the closet (very very red at the moment....)
I haven't read any books from her yet but i am waiting for Midnight Run and Promise Linger from S.McCarty

Anonymous said...

I like the cover. I've never read Rice but what you said about her books sounds interesting. But: so many books, so little money!

As for the closet: good for you! I'm still in it (except for my blog). But I'm working on it. :)

Tracy said...

I really need to read her. I keep seeing the wonderful reviews and NEED to get these books!

Congratulations on coming out of the closet my friend!! Isn't it wonderful? It's so nice to say I'm gonna do what I want to do and who cares what everyone else thinks - it's my life! Big hug!!!

Samantha said...

Hi Kristie (j) CONGRATS on coming out of the closet.

I saw an interview with the Author on your site and I was intrigued to pick up both books and so I did. I loved Dangerous Lover. Jack Prescott is ooh la la.

I am now reading Dangerous Secrets, I read these books back to back and I had a WTF moment. Let me explain. I guess if someone read the books a year apart they wouldn't realize it because well we read so many books in between who can remember dialogue.

Jack Prescott and Nick Ames (Ireland) have the same exact inner dialogue in both books. It keeps throwing me out of the story. Word for word at some points. Even the bald tire situation? I was wondering if anyone else had the WTF moment?

Anyway I hope you ladies have a great time in SF.

Kristie (J) said...

Samantha: I think with some authors you do need that break in between and LMR is one of them. I read the Midnight series back to back to back and noticed the same thing. By the time I was half way through Midnight Angel it seemed oh so familiar. But with books or time in between, they stand out more on their own. I'm sure I would have been drawn out too if I'd read the two Dangerous books close together - but I didn't so I could appreciate them more.
And I plan on having a wonderful time in SF - hopefully it will be like everyone is there. I don't twitter like some will be doing - I'd have to understand the workings behind that - but I plan on taking lots of pictures - and not losing my camera this time!

Tracy: thanks *g* It felt good - finally telling someone just out of the blue like that. I need to do it more often. And LMR really works for me. I enjoy her books - but *grin* not too close together.

Taja: It took me years to get to that point - and I mean years. But I think blogging and getting to know so many intelligent women who feel the same really helps. For a long time I figured I was the only one nutty over romance books, but knowing I'm not alone has really helped me in telling friends and coworkers.

Pidute: I think you are doing very well in writing in English. It isn't an easy language to learn. I've read Sarah McCarty, but as much as I like her on-line presence and she seems to be such a sweetheart, she's an author who doesn't work for me. But I'm glad that so many other readers are enjoying her books.

Madame Butterfly said...

I loved this book! I thought it was her best so far. Nick is not as stalkerish or as overbearing as the others and I liked that he really respected Charity's intelligence and agreed to let her participate.

I think with some authors you do need that break in between and LMR is one of them.

I agree. At first I couldn't get enough, but now I like to read her stuff every couple of months. Her books are like a nice chocolate sundae once in while when you're on a diet.

Alie said...

Ooh I want to read this, but none of the libraries in my area have it!