Series: Most Wanted #2
Published by Bantam on June 3, 2014
I knew better than to risk my heart.
But fierce passion comes at a high price.
I grew up believing in right and wrong, good and evil, black and white. I knew better than to trust. And then I met Tyler Sharp.
Bold, charming, and dangerously sexy, Tyler always gets what he wants. But his smile can be deceiving, his dealings sordid, his ambitions ruthless. I thought I was the one woman strong enough to resist him, but our need for each other was too urgent to deny.
One look and I was in trouble. One touch and I was hooked. One night and I became his.
And now that I’ve fallen, there’s no going back.
Sloane Watson is a detective on forced medical leave after taking a bullet to the hip. She’s going stir-crazy without anything to do, so when her confidential informant friend Candi tells her about a missing person, Sloane is up and off to Chicago to do a little off-the-books investigation. There, she runs into Tyler Sharp, a powerful and shrewd business tycoon whose slightly shady business practices aren’t exactly on the up-and-up. She tries to go undercover as an exotic dancer at Tyler’s club to learn more about the missing woman who once worked there, but ends up seducing Tyler instead – not exactly a hardship. Sloane and Tyler become tangled up in one another, drawing Tyler into Sloane’s missing person search and Sloane into Tyler’s networking events and business practices. But Sloane’s time in Chicago is quickly coming to an end and together Sloane and Tyler must make some big decisions about their personal life choices and their future together.
Sloane is a confident and determined detective, used to working hard and pursuing justice like a dog with a bone. She has a strong ethics and lives by the code of the law, a trait that causes many problems in her arrangement with Tyler. And honestly, made her a little uppity, self-righteous, and annoying for the first part of the book, especially considering the whopper of a secret she’s carrying around. Thankfully, Sloane grew and became a character I could actually root for in the end. She’s tough and independent, though rational thought seems to fly out of her head when she’s around Tyler.
Tyler is a self-made man. Guarded against strangers and most of the world, he keeps his cards close to his chest, only discussing important things with his business partners and close friends. Originally growing up on the streets, he met his business partners Cole and Evan there and together the three of them have become the richest, most powerful and influential businessmen in the Chicago area. Unfortunately, they still struggle to cast off their criminal reputation, despite being (mostly) clean. Tyler is the kind of guy that if something needs to be done, he’ll get it done however he can, not exactly breaking the law but maybe just bending it a little. He’s the epitome of dominant and powerful Alpha male. Tough and commanding, he makes a great compliment to Sloane’s personality and character.
This book is easily one of the best erotica novels I have read in a long time. It has an actual romance plot – not just the let’s-get-into-bed-now-for-no-real-reason plot of many erotica books, but an actual I’m-falling-in-love-with-you-and-here’s-all-the-believable-reasons-why plot typically seen in a traditional romance novel. The romance was sweet and tender as they both learned to let the other into their insulated world, but with the tough edges and conflicts befitting Sloane and Tyler’s personalities and personal issues. The book also has a good mystery sub-plot that is kept exciting and wrapped up without rushing forward like an afterthought. And as for the actual sex scenes that make this an excellent erotica novel? Holy Toledo, Batman!! Excuse me while I go take a cold shower…outside….in Alaska. This book is definitely a scorcher!! The sex was alluring and sensual, expertly playing on a reader’s word-evoked sense of touch, smell, and hearing. The sex was varied too. Sometimes sweet, slow, and tender. Other times rough, fast, and hard. I’ve read a lot of romance and erotica over the years, but even this one had me blushing sometimes. And that was definitely a good thing!
Perfectly paced and plotted. After reading this one book, I am a J Kenner convert and am quite happily going to check out as many of her other books as soon as possible.
I highly recommend purchasing a copy of Heated by J Kenner. May I suggest the audiobook version? The narrator, Heather Smith, does a fantastic job bringing Sloane, Tyler, and all the other characters to life and I honestly believe that it was her reading of this book that made me love it that much more. From a 4.5 to a perfect 5!