Title: Flirting with Disaster
Author: Victoria Dahl
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Jackson: Girls Night Out #2
Main Characters: Isabelle and Tom
Release Date: January 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs . . . except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied U.S. marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.
Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.
I've always been a fan of Victoria Dahl's contemporary romance, but this book had an extra little bonus in it...this one had a touch of romantic suspense added to it and I loved that.
This book is just plain, flat-out good reading. I loved how prickly the heroine, Isabelle, is at first. She's definitely not your typical heroine. But she has such good reasons for being how she is...she's earned her right to be a hermit. But, it quickly becomes obvious by her friendships that there is much more to her. I loved the way Victoria Dahl wrote her so she was immediately an empathetic character even when she's being awful to the hero.
Then there's the hero. I loved him...and his horror at what she does for a living. There were so many times when I giggled out loud while reading this book and the discussions of her art were definitely responsible for many of those.
The characters were great, but so was the entire set-up. Montana in the winter with heavily armed US Marshals roaming the woods looking for a threat. Um, sign me up. There was a bit of danger, a bit of intrigue about what exactly Isabelle is running from, and a whole heck of a lot of sexy times. This is one of the things that Victoria Dahl does best. Her sex scenes sizzle off the page and this book was no different in that regard. Thank you, Ms. Dahl, for your gift for sexy, titillating writing. mmm...
There was also a great side story for Isabelle's neighbor and Tom's partner which I enjoyed almost as much as the main story. Overall, I highly recommend this one. It will definitely help to keep you warm on a cold winter's night...
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.