Type: Contemporary Romance Anthology
My Copy: Sent
Reviewer: Michelle & Nikki
Scenes of Peril by Jill Sorenson (Review by Nikki)
The snowstorm forecast says it’s a big one, but wildlife photographer Paige Dawson is prepared. Until a terrible car accident brings a sexy stranger to her remote mountain cabin and the bad weather strands them together . . . for days. The heat between them is like nothing she’s ever known — incendiary, undeniable. And just as she begins to hope for something real with Colin Reid, after the snow melts, he remembers what caused his accident . . . and it may be too late for them both
Nikki: I reviewed Scenes of Peril by Jill Sorenson. This was my first sampling of Jill’s work and I must say, I really enjoyed this novella. Scenes of Peril is a well paced novella that strands two people who long for more substance in their life, together during a snowstorm. When Colin swerves on an icy road to avoid Paige he plunges into the river, hitting his head in the process. Paige successfully pulls him out and manages to get him back up the embankment, across the street and into her house. Definitely a herculean effort on her part. Taking care of an injured Colin brings them closer than Paige would like but hey, body heat is the best remedy for hypothermia right? When he wakes he can’t remember why he would have been driving so recklessly, the wreck or who the beautiful naked woman is pressed up against him. Paige likes her solitude (even though she’s dreadfully lonely since her brother moved out) and so she’s surprised when she reacts so much to the injured man now stuck in her house until the storm blows over.
I always enjoy stories where the characters end up marooned together for a length of time. It gives the story an intimate feel which keeps the characters honest. There isn’t all the background noise…aka action, adventure, drama…just two characters getting to know each other without all the other intrusions. Sorenson did really well at keeping the story interesting and spicy in a short period of time. Paige and Colin complimented each other well and the progression of their relationship felt completely natural.
Since Colin has a bit of amnesia there is a bit of inner dialogue as he tries to work out why he was out on the road and his emerging feelings for Paige. I like the bit of action towards the end as he figures out what he was doing prior to the accident that brought him to Paige and as he tries to protect her. It completed the novella with some flair and it also brought the characters the opportunity to finally admit their feelings toward each other. A great starter novella for a new to me author. I will definitely pick up more from her in the future!
I give Scenes of Peril by Jill Sorenson 3.75 stars!
Scenes Of Passion by Suzanne Brockmann (Review by Michelle)
Safe, steady…and unsatisfying–that pretty much summed up Maggie Stanton’s life. Until a stranger stirred her imagination until she blushed, a stranger who made Maggie do the unimaginable: take a risk….
Shockingly, the man who’d compelled her to forsake predictability for passion was the full-grown version of her childhood best friend. Only, “this” Matthew Stone wanted marriage, not a walk down memory lane.
For a while, Maggie almost believed that their whirlwind wedding was the union of soul mates. Almost. Then she learned the secret Matthew was keeping.
If I had read this book not knowing it was written by Suzanne Brockmann, at the same time knowing it was a re-release of an earlier book, I could give it a much higher rating. Scenes of Passion had all the elements of a Harlequin-type book: an underestimated hero, a wimpy, judgmental heroine, annoying secondary characters and the dreaded big misunderstanding. The one thing that kept me interested throughout the book was that there was a lot more to Matthew than meets the eye.
Maggie Stanton is about to turn thirty and has nothing really to show for her life. She has a career as an attorney that she doesn’t even like but her parents convinced her the sensible thing would be to go to law school. She’s practically engaged to someone she doesn’t love because she’s afraid of never finding “the one”. She still lives at home with her parents and her teenage brother. She is dependable and responsible and bored to death. The one thing in her life that is simply for her is her involvement in the local community theater. She wants more from her life but doesn’t have a clue how to go about getting it. Her one guilty pleasure is lusting after the long-haired “jungle man” she sees working out at the gym.
Matt Stone has changed a lot from the guy Maggie knew in theater club in high school. He knows Maggie doesn’t recognize him at the health club, but he is aware of the flirty glances she throws his way. While he has always carried a torch for her, his interest in her now is mainly for her legal expertise. His father recently passed away and there is a stipulation in his will before Matthew can inherit: he must prove he can improve the family’s company within a fiscal quarter’s time. He has no idea how to run a business, so knowing Maggie is an attorney, he decides to enlist her help.
To say Maggie is shocked to learn that her fantasy man is actually her high school buddy Matt is an understatement. She is even more attracted to him, knowing that she knows him. Accepting his business proposition, which includes quitting her job, is the only impulsive decision Maggie has ever made. Not only does she want to help him, but she can’t resist the opportunity to be near him day in and day out. The attraction that flares between them is impossible to ignore.
What follows is a typical friends-to-lovers small town romance, filled with a spiteful sister, a complicated history with a mutual friend, a mysterious past and a heroine with no self-esteem who decides to trust everyone in her world except for the man she’s in love with. What made this book worth the read to me was Matt. While he wasn’t a total alpha hero that I normally love, there was enough badass attitude to satisfy me. There was also a vulnerable quality about him that I liked as well. Maggie was no match for him, but given the way Suzanne Brockmann writes a hero, I could ignore Maggie and still get through the book.
I give Scenes of Passion 3.25 stars!