Title: The Pleasures of Autumn
Author: Evie Hunter
My Rating: B
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Pleasures #3
Main Characters: Sinead and Niall
Release Date: October 2013
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Story Overview:When fine arts curator Sinead O'Sullivan is charged with a stealing the Fire of Autumn, a dazzling ruby with a history of violence and treachery, bail is set at one million Swiss francs.
Investigator Niall Moore is hired to stop her fleeing and to find the jewel. Niall knows Sinead's form as the feisty red-head led him a merry dance when their paths crossed once before. Despite the overwhelming sexual chemistry between them, Niall knows that he cannot trust her.
Sinead toys with Niall, refusing to tell him what she knows about the theft. An expert in interrogation, Niall uses every trick of the trade - and every tool in his erotic armoury - to get at the truth. And Sinead - just as well armed - counters his every move with one of her own.
As thief and thief-taker fight for dominance, there can be only be one winner ... but what happens when the stakes are raised and it's no longer just a jewel and Sinead's freedom in play?
Overall, this was an entertaining and interesting read. Sinead is a stuffy, staid fine arts museum curator by day, but by night, she has a deep secret. She's a famous burlesque dancer, Lottie.
Niall has seen Lottie perform many times and is a bit of an obsessed fan. I liked the fact that he knew Sinead as Lottie, but that also was a negative to me as a reader. If he'd only seen her perform once, I could probably have dismissed him not catching on with who she is, but he saw her perform many times and throughout the book, Sinead lets Lottie bleed through more and more. I just can't believe he never saw it, especially since he was supposed to be such a crack-shot investigator. But that aside, I did enjoy that aspect of her character. It's like she's two completely different people. Through Lottie, she lets herself get wild and brave and I loved that.
But it's her day job that gets her into trouble. As curator for the museum, Sinead handles lots of priceless items, one just happens to be an invaluable ruby...the Fire of Autumn. It's disappeared and all the evidence including video proves that the thief is most definitely her. BUT she didn't do it. As the child of a gypsy, Sinead was left alone at age 4. Her grandmother and uncle stepped in to care for her and although she swore to them that she had a twin sister, they never believed her. Sinead believes it has to be her twin who perpetrated the theft, but she hasn't seen her since she was 4, she has no idea how to find her.
This is a book that travels all over Europe and into some of the swanky but risque clubs and dinner parties of the rich and famous. It turns out the twin sisters are more alike than expected. Sinead's twin is a famous Domme, called Little Red. So she sets off to find her and spends a lot of the time impersonating her. It made for a fun, suspense filled read.
I will admit there were flaws in the story line and little details that were simply unbelievable. But overall, I could overlook those since I enjoyed the adventure of reading the book. It's a high-action read with lots of twists and turns and a good deal of smexy fun in between.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.