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December 12th, 2007, 10:16 PM
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Title: Mountain Rendezvous
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Author: Michelle Hasker
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Cover Artist: April Martinez
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Previous Book: Midnight Rendezvous (http://www.loose-id.com/detail.aspx?ID=289)
Genre: Erotic Vampire Paranormal Suspense
Meredith's ex-husband was a serial killer. Was, because she killed him. Or, at least, she thought she did. But now hunky Federal Agent Slade Jackson tells her he's back and killing women who look just like her.
What's a vampire to do?
Probably banging the human agent on the case isn't the best plan. But he's smoking hot, he wants her, she wants him and she just can't seem to stop. They both better hope it doesn't interfere with the case, or she'll be screwed.
And not in the good way.
December 12th, 2007, 10:21 PM
A shiver raced up Meredith’s spine as someone breathed the soft words in her ear. She fought the uneasy feeling that crept into the pit of her belly and hovered there. The scent of aroused male tickled her nose, and she sniffed the air trying to figure out who stood behind her.
Spice and pine hit her first, then the more earthy scent of male. It intrigued her despite her unwillingness to feel anything again. Even without seeing him, desire flared in her belly. The emotion was not only unwanted, but a shock. She hadn’t felt this way since before she’d married Jake.
As she struggled to tamp down the sensation, Meredith plastered a neutral smile on her face. No matter how her body reacted, she couldn’t allow those emotions and feelings to rule her. It’d been a long, hard road, but traveling down it had taught her she wasn’t a good judge of men. The reminder quenched the silly girlish fluttering in her stomach.
She turned around and met a broad chest covered in black cotton. Then she looked up. Up. Up. Her admirer stood at least six and a half feet tall, if not more. Thick black waves of hair brushed against broad shoulders. Shoulders that looked as if they could carry the weight of the world on them. She needed someone to do that for her.
Meredith lowered her gaze, trying to ignore the way his black T-shirt clung to his hard abs and the way his tight jeans revealed his predicament. Holy monkey. He was huge and she couldn’t tear her eyes away from the sight. Her knees grew weak until she finally tore her gaze away.
Who was this gorgeous male and why was he whispering in her ear? Meredith shifted her gaze to his face. Bright blue eyes darkened as they raked over her body.
Oh, man. She hadn’t dared examine him that thoroughly. Okay, maybe she had, but who was he and why did he make her feel this way? Dear God, she wanted to bite him. Her body hummed as she licked suddenly dry lips.
“Can I help you?”
Did she really sound so breathless and sexy? Stupid, Meredith. Don’t encourage him.
“I hope so,” he purred and leaned closer. “Is your boss around? I need to speak to her.”
And I need to take you in the back room and have my wicked way with you, gorgeous. Meredith forced away those thoughts. He was an unknown, and therefore the enemy. It wouldn’t help that she was attracted to him. She looked him over again, but this time for weapons. She didn’t see anything obvious, but knew his type, and they never left home without one.
The way he held a black leather jacket draped over one shoulder drew her gaze to his firm biceps. Even though she knew it was wrong, Meredith let herself imagine what it would feel like to be held by him. Those strong arms wrapped around her, his large hands pulling her close, that delicious mouth lowering to hers. His mouth quirked into an irresistible grin as if he knew what she was thinking. That was impossible. No one could get through her shields.
December 12th, 2007, 10:30 PM
“You owe me, Slade.” She smiled, revealing her vampire teeth as she glided toward him, her feet barely touching the floor.
“Owe you?” He swallowed audibly as panic rose, clogging his throat.
“What do you mean?”
“Cyril challenged me for you. I fought him and won fair and square.” She stopped, the toes of her shoes mere millimeters from the tips of his cowboy boots.
“But, I thought... that is...” He hesitated, confusion filling him. What was she insinuating? That he was her prize? Her dinner? The thought of her lips on his neck made him rock hard all over again.
“Come on, Slade. I know you aren’t slow. If I don’t claim you, then someone else will. And how will that look for me? That I fought for you and then let you go. You know what I need.” She reached out, one red nail caressing his cheek before sliding down the side of his face, and coming to rest on his neck. Her finger tapped a slow beat against his flesh.
“I don’t know what you need, Meredith.”
“You are mine, Slade Jackson. Mine.”
He looked into her eyes, now an endless, swirling green. He swallowed and started to protest, then realized he wasn’t afraid of her, just confused about what she wanted from him. He thought she wanted to have sex with him, and maybe drink his blood, but he couldn’t be sure she wasn’t teasing.
“I acknowledge you defended me from the werewolf. But you don’t own me.”
“Oh yes, I do.” She grinned, her nail sliding back and forth across his pulse point.
Slade shuddered, his hands reaching out and grabbing her hips of their own volition. “I’ve wanted you since the moment I laid eyes on you in the café, but I can’t. You’re a suspect in a murder investigation. Sleeping with you could cost me my job.”
December 12th, 2007, 10:32 PM
Sandi from Just Erotic Romance Reviews gave Mountain Rendezvous 4 and an H.
Mountain Rendezvous is a fun, sexy, action-packed adventure of a romance! Although this is a sequel to Ms. Hasker's Midnight Rendezvous it is certainly capable of standing alone. You gain enough general background information that the players and past plot are not a mystery. I didn't find myself lost, although it would have been nice to read the first story. Ms. Hacker has created a convincing alternate reality with some very likeable characters as well as some evil villains with a theme of good vs. evil. The sex and romance between Meredith and Slade is also very hot. Scenes contain oral, vanilla and vampire biting, and happen in some unusual places. The plot moves quickly and although this story is resolved there is also obvious opportunity for more books set in this reality. I enjoyed Mountain Rendezvous and found it a nice solid vampire tale.
The rest of the review can be found in the JERR newsletter at their yahoo group. The link to the newsletter is here (http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/gI4TR5yFxEfAY16N8KlfU5Vppe-K7eFhL1WIJO9Ift6YEKq2mLg4YthaceOhN0xhJASe2e1okWZCA uNR1wFEOfXkWLH0_kVJPSzXJTU/JERR%20Newsletter%20110%20-%2010-07-2007%20), but you need to be a member of their yahoo group to read it.
December 12th, 2007, 10:33 PM
Pam from My Book Cravings gave Mountain 4 flowers.
This is the second of Miss Hasker’s books to follow the mysterious world of vampires, serial killers, and murder. She’s created a well crafted and described story filled with vampires, shapeshifter’s and other creatures found in the paranormal world. The characters are well defined and described, and sexy. The story is filled with suspense, sexual tension and conflict, that only becomes stronger the further into the story you go. From the very beginning I found the plot intriguing and the paranormal twists interesting and surprising.
When these two determined individuals meet the sparks fly. First in annoyance, then anger and finally culminating in a desire so intense that he’d let her feed from his throat instead of letting her turn to someone else. The descriptions of Meredith’s uncertainty and guilt over the crimes her husband had committed and that she had been fooled by the mask he showed to herself and others in their world, excellently done. Slade’s determination to not only find the killer but to keep Meredith for himself no matter what the risk to his life a real turn on. This is a vampire story that begs to be read and I look forward to the next story by this author.
To read the entire review click here (http://www.mybookcravings.com/pam_mountainrendezvous.htm).
December 12th, 2007, 10:35 PM
Maria from Romance Junkies gave Mountain 4 Ribbons.
This is a novella full of zest and sensuality, and a lot of excitement too. After reading the first love scene, which had my pulse racing, I knew there was going to be lot of hot and heavy love scenes between Meredith and Slade, and I was down with that. However, the author did not disappoint in her writing of the rest of story. There is plenty of tension and excitement in the pages of MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS to keep thrill—junkies entertained.
I noticed that the settings and scenes in this story were well written and detailed so as to feel familiar to any reader, and I liked this realistic touch. The author also keeps the reader so wrapped up in delicious ribbons of sexual excitement that when you are suddenly confronted with the antagonist of the story, you are almost startled by the turn of the plot, but in a good way. The plot’s twists and turns really test the skill of the author’s writing, and Ms. Hasker holds her own in this aspect. The characters develop well, the conflict is entertaining as it evolves and the thrilling love scenes are truly cold—shower inducing! I definitely recommend MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS to fans of the vampire genre and anyone looking for a spicy, sensual read.
Click here (http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/paranormal/Mountain_Rendezvous.shtml) for the entire review.
December 12th, 2007, 10:36 PM
Cherokee from Coffee Time Romance gave Mountain Rendezvous 4 cups.
Mountain Rendezvous is a spectacular read. I love the interaction with Meredith and Slade. The reader can almost understand what Meredith is going through, as she tries to push any feelings aside for Slade because of the way men have treated her. Once they connect, it is a powerhouse. Michelle Hasker has penned a great story that keeps the reader entertained while guessing about the turn of events with the Slasher. She makes her characters come alive and writes engaging stories that make this reader want more.
Click here (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Mountainrendezvous.html) to see the entire review.
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