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Library JournalFresh from a broken engagement and spurred into action by her best friend, reserved sociology professor Margaret Barlow abandons her comfort zone and shares one incredible night with Special Forces army ranger Hunter Cross, a man she picks up at a car show and knows she will never see again. And then he shows up as her liaison to the Special Forces team she is interviewing for a book that is sure to guarantee her tenure. Maggie knows that nothing but her strict sense of purpose and carefully honed control can keep her on track and out of his arms. But Hunter has been charged by his superior (with the hint of a promotion) to keep Maggie from learning the truth about the team’s mission. As Maggie searches for answers and Hunter struggles to keep her off balance, the tension between them becomes much more than sexual. Trust, responsibility, and control are key themes in this lively, steamy tale that adds some interesting backstory and family addiction issues to the mix but, as expected, keeps the action keenly centered on the two main characters.
Verdict A pair of career-focused, relationship-wary protagonists have their worlds upended when their one-night stand has unexpected results. This sexy, explicit Blaze title lives up to its incendiary series name and is a red-hot debut for the Brooklyn-based Stone.—Kristin Ramsdell, Emerita, California State Univ. Lib., East Bay
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