Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Last Detail by Melissa Schroeder

Title:  The Last Detail
Author: Melissa Schroeder
My Rating: B

Genre: Sci Fi Suspense

Main Characters: Lou, Jared, and Sam
Release Date: September 2011

ISBN: e-book

Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Trust isn’t easy when the ones you want most are out to get you.
Ten years after she ran away from Earth, Lou Campbell is one job—just one more collar—away from earning enough credits to go home. All she has to do is lure Sam Dawson within range of her handcuffs with the promise of fast, hard sex. Easy.
Once she gets him there, keeping her own hands off him isn’t so easy.
Sam’s committed his share of sins, but he’s not guilty of selling secrets. Before he can convince the sexiest bounty hunter he’s ever seen that he’s been betrayed, all hell breaks loose. And he’s on the run with a false accusation on his hands—and a bleeding woman in his arms.
Alone in her boss’s safe house, Lou and Dawson’s simmering attraction explodes into full-blown fireworks.
When Jared Flores walks in on his best hunter and ex-lover in bed together, the surprise is mutual. Worse, the need he has long felt for both of them overrides his better judgment. After the fists fly, the sparks catch fire into a budding three-way romance.
Then Sam disappears, leaving Jared and Lou in a race against time to not only retrieve their lover, but save his life.
Warning: Hot M/F sex, M/F/M sex, and holy moly some really hot MMF sex amongst lots of weapons and fire fights. Deceitful family members, nasty set ups, and an Alpha male whose lovers have naughty punishments in mind—when they catch him.

My Review:

This is really a fabulous little story. There is romance, adventure, suspense, mystery, and some seriously hot passion. Lou is tough. She has been on her own for the last 10 years (since she was 15 yo), working for Jared as a bounty hunter and she is darn good at it. This is her final capture and it has a huge reward, even if the details are a bit sketchy. It soon becomes clear that everything is not as it seems with this final capture and it's a race to figure out exactly what is going on. 
Jared has been Lou's boss for 10 years and he has been in love with her pretty much that whole time, but he's never felt that she was ready for a relationship with any man after the trauma of what happened to her at 15. Nevertheless, she is his best bounty hunter so he knew that she was the one for this job, but when he started digging deeper into the job, he realized that something was off when he discovers his former lover, Sam, was the mark.

Sam is undercover on an assignment which doesn't seem to be going right. His contact doesn't show up, but when Lou does show up looking incredibly sexy and interested, he decides to take her up on her offer and ends up handcuffed as her prisoner. That doesn't change the fact that he still wants her and for the first time ever (besides her long-term crush on Jared), Lou finds herself wanting a man.

The story in this book is REALLY good. There is lots of history between all three of the characters and it was an interesting twist that Sam & Lou (the two without a history) are the first in the trio to hook up. I liked that little detail and felt like it gave a lot of credence to the three as a menage long-term relationship.

The book has an amazing build-up and world-building behind it, but I wanted it to go so much deeper. All the facts/details were there for this to truly be a phenomenal story, but I feel like it only scratched the surface of what was happening. It could have been so much more as a longer novel. It didn't need  any more story than was there. I just wanted it to delve deeper into the details that already existed because it was truly a phenomenal story.

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