Pub Date 08 Jan 2019
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A SEXY ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STANDALONE ROMANCE FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED
I’ve never been in love. Never felt that fire or been so desperate for a man’s touch that he’s all I can think about.
Then Bronson Lockhart walks into the party I’m at with my boyfriend.
Everyone notices him. How could they not? He’s ridiculously good looking in that dark brooding way that inspires dirty thoughts of the sweetest kind...
Too bad he’s my boyfriend’s adopted brother. And they clearly hate each other. But the way Bronson looks at me sets my pulse thrumming. I can’t help wondering how his lips would feel on mine…
Although I barely know him, I submit to desire and fall into his big arms. A battle brews between my head and heart: are those hungry kisses and caresses a lie?
Locked up for a crime I didn’t commit, I vowed to do two things when I got out—find my birth parents and make my adopted brother pay for setting me up.
Now I’m out of jail and ready to set my plan for revenge in motion, starting with seducing his girlfriend. Not that it will be a chore. Ava’s beauty stole my breath the moment I laid eyes on her. Sassy, intelligent, and sexy as hell, she’s got curves that fuel my darkest desires.
What starts as revenge soon turns into something more. I want her…crave the sweet taste of her. Hell, who am I kidding? I’m falling for her.
As secrets about my adoption start to unravel, a startling connection to Ava has me wondering if our meeting was a setup…or fate?”
Those who enjoy mysteries, enigmatic characters, and lots of spicy sex scenes will want to pick up this book. “The Book Review Directory”
One of the reasons JJ’s novel TAKE MY HEART is so successful is her fine tuned sense of mixing mystery and suspense with erotica. She creates characters that are wholly credible - a beautiful lusty female Ava whose entry into the story is her launching into a new job as a sitter and reader for an elderly, multi-faceted lady (Aggie - one of the better characters in contemporary literature!), her nebulous boyfriend Justin, and the alpha male erotic figure Bronson. The manner in which JJ interweaves these disparate types is what makes the novel ring true.
There is a hint of the classic, classy writing form JJ uses in Ava’s initial encounter with the bizarre Aggie – ‘All it took was one step into that beguiling, time-trapped room for an eerie sensation to flash through me. It was a feeling similar to déjà vu, or entering a museum filled with the pungency of decay. Not that the room stank; if anything, it smelled like roses.’ That is how JJ pulls open the proscenium curtain for this erotically charged mystery.
The synopsis is seductive – ‘After being arrested for a crime he didn't commit, Bronson, a dark, stormy figure, is driven to take revenge on the person responsible. Apart from clearing his name, his other mission is also to find his real parents. Ava is not only dating the guy responsible for Bronson's incarceration but is also employed by a wealthy loner, who has a heart trapped in secrets, some of which relate back to Bronson. Driven by revenge, Bronson seduces Ava, who, captivated by his considerable masculinity and brooding aura, finds herself unable to resist his charms. And while he attempts to quash desire, Bronson soon finds himself falling hard for the sassy-spirited Ava, which only complicates things considering that was never his intention. Adopted at the age of five, Bronson unravels hidden secrets about his beginnings stored away in a penthouse on Fifth Avenue guarded by Ava's eccentric employer. Conflict soon sets in, and a mystery starts to take shape, for it seems as though history's repeating itself. Is Ava and Bronson's connection a setup? The answer to this turns out to be far more complicated than either of them could have imagined. Just as Bronson surrenders to his heart's desire, he stumbles upon a gruesome clue to his birth hidden in a closet, which opens up all kinds of questions. Mainly... was his meeting Ava a coincidence, or a plot to lure him there in the first place?’
This is one finely scribed novel that is rich in steamy erotica and yet goes beyond the usual Chick Lit realm because of the fine mystery that ties it together. Recommended. GRADY HARP San Fransisco Review of Books