Guest Review: An Inconvenient Affair by Catherine Mann

Posted September 17, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of An Inconvenient Affair (The Alpha Brotherhood #1) by Catherine Mann.

Hillary Wright has always been a magnet for Mr. Wrong. Her latest left her in trouble with the law, and to clear her name, she’s agreed to an undercover sting—as the “date” for infamous Troy Donavan. The notorious hacker is now a government good guy…and a sexy billionaire playboy. Troy has a reputation as the sort of man she’s vowed to avoid, and his secretiveness adds fuel to Hillary’s distrust. But with his kisses like molten sin, her fierce resistance is melting. And being sensible in the face of such overpowering desire is just not an option.

Harlequin Blaze manages to give readers another very hot contemporary romance that brings together a reformed “bad boy” billionaire, a man who was waaaaaaay too smart for his own good as he was growing up, with parents who really didn’t either want to or know how to manage him and his brother, landing him in a harsh military school environment because he hacked into the Department of Defense computers and revealed corruption within. Now he has made more money than Midas and occasionally is called upon to go “under cover” for the government. It is here that he encounters Hillary Wright, a woman who has a talent for attracting emotional and relational losers. Yet Troy’s sex appeal, his winsome and attractive manner, and eventually his bedroom prowess lure her into a relationship that could well be more emotionally destructive than any she has ever experienced.

The levels of tension in this story come from the undercover assignment itself, the developing sexual affair between Troy and Hillary, and the knowledge that readers bring to the story that this could very well be the worst personal experience for a woman who has already had her emotions shredded beforehand. Yet there is also a sense that a jaded roue like Troy has finally met the one woman who can get past his very carefully guarded defenses and his manner of seeking to prolong their affair or in guarding Hillary during the conduct of their affair gives evidence that this is something of a surprise that Troy hadn’t been planning on. There are surprises, twists, ups and downs, great love and deep disappointment as the story progresses. It is the kind of story that will give readers a stimulant for the libido and a engaging experience for the mind. It’s a good read that you won’t want to miss.

This is a short novel, but never let it be said that it is short on content. Ms Mann has packed this novel with a ton of hot loving, lots of sexual tension, some mystery and that kind of shadowy wondering what is coming next that is characteristic of a story with an undercover modus operandi. Readers who like this kind of fast-moving story will find this a fun read that won’t take up a ton of time but will be a most satisfying reading experience that will fit in with a busy life.

I give this short novel a rating of 4 out of 5

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This novel was released by Harlequin Blaze in August, 2012. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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