Afterglow by Cherry Adair (Lodestone #2)

Afterglow by Cherry AdairAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Pleasure with a price.

A high-profile celebrity wedding in Monaco is the kind of A-list event security specialist Rand Maguire excels at. Everything goes like clockwork, until guests start inexplicably losing all their inhibitions. . . .

Painful secrets from the past.

Rand is no stranger to the effects of Rapture. His chemist father’s attempt at a cure for depression caused Rand’s mother’s death years ago, and put his father away for her murder. Now, someone is circulating Rapture in a campaign of terror, intending to manufacture and sell it on a global scale. But with no leads, Rand feels the heat.

Passion with no limits.

Sexy Lodestone agent Dakota North is sent to help Rand kickstart his search, armed only with her uncanny sixth-sense. But what they discover in their race across Europe is more far-reaching and lethal than an erotic street drug. From a Barcelona bank heist to a million-dollar arms deal in Paris, Dakota and Rand giving in to an insatiable craving for each other in nights of pure carnal delight, no senses left untouched. No Rapture necessary.


Coming back to the one man that broke her heart was something Dakota never thought she’d have to do. When Rand broke up with her over misinterpretations and lies she never could get him to see the light and she long ago gave up trying. Now the drug she helped to engineer has resurfaced with horrible complications. Only Dakota can track it down, whether Rand wants to admit it or not.

All Rand knows is his sexy ex fiance is a liar. One ultimately responsible for his mothers death and the imprisonment of his father. Now the drug she helped make makes a appearance at a wedding his security firm is heading up? That’s to many coincidences for him and he’s out to prove that his ex lover knows exactly what’s going on and is possibly behind the entire leak.

With the clock ticking, a sadistic underground community afoot and a vicious drug set to take over anyone who dares try it, Dakota and Rand will have to put their differences aside in order to stop the production and maybe along the way realize that past mistakes can be made right.


Afterglow is the second book in Cherry Adair’s Lodestone series and a book that I have been highly anticipating. After reading the first book, Hush, and loving it I was eagerly awaiting this one. Ms Adair is a author that can transport me to another place. Make me live along side the characters and breathe with them. Afterglow starts with a bang…and by bang I mean multiple orgasms…from everyone. Even grandma. Rapture, a highly experimental and subsequently banned and destroyed drug has popped back up and at a Hollywood starlets wedding no less. What was engineered as a anti depressant has some dangerous side effects. Zero inhibitions, ravenous sex drives and highly addictive to the point of death. People basically hump till they die. Now…I don’t know about you…but I think the story line is simply awesome. Highly creative and something I hadn’t read up till this point. Aside from the humping grandmas and death part, I’m totally down with a multiple orgasm, have sex till you pass out drug. Where can I get me some of that?

Rand is the head of security firm that had been hired to work the wedding and reception. Having the drug smuggled in under his nose made this very personal to him and he seemed determined to  figure it out and place the blame on ex-flame Dakota who had been sent to investigate. Dakota worked for the drug company before she was fired when they shut down. Unbeknownst  to him Dakota was involved in the explosion that rocked the lab and she had ended up in the hospital just weeks after he accused her of being a liar and a whore who provided his scientist father with the drugs that killed his mother.  I can’t tell you how many times  I yelled at Dakota..good lord woman tell him you were in the hospital! Call him a ASS! Tell him he’s a awful human being for not believing in you!

While I found Rand to be a stubborn jerk I also found him hot. Explain that one Freud. I loved how even though he was ticked at Dakota (for reasons that were WRONG but I digress) he was still protective and looked out for her. He knew he needed her ability to track. When they get dosed with Rapture themselves I liked how he seemed to be able to control himself but he let his inner desires finally take over and treat Dakota with the intensity which she deserved. Plus, halfway mad sex is always hotter. *wink wink*.

I loved Dakota’s ability to work with a man who showed so much contempt for her. She felt responsible for the drugs creation and so she needed to see this through no matter how much Rand may have hated her. I envied her ability to let go and forgive him for the way she was treated.

Afterglow again deals with a slightly paranormal aspect. This seems to be popping up more and more in romantic suspense books lately. In Hush the main character could track someone using a string of coordinates that ran through his mind. Dakota can do that and track someone using just a personal item of theirs. Is it typical romantic suspense? Well, no. I enjoy all types of books within the genre though so I don’t have an issue with it. Undoubtedly someone will though.

Cherry Adair will take you on a thrill ride every time. Always original. Always heartfelt. Always gaurenteed to keep me coming back for more!

I give Afterglow by Cherry Adair 4 stars! 

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