Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Book Review of #1 Take my breath away by Cara Summers
Author Name: Cara Summers
Type of book: Adult, contemporary, romance
Year it was published: 2011
Sort of a sequel: Tailspin, Sexy Silent Nights
FBI special agent Nicola Guthrie is on her first field assignment. Her job? To find security expert turned art thief Gabe Wilder. She knows this is her big break. She has to get her man. And late one night, she does. Not to mention a whole lot more! Who knew her traitorous body would respond so strongly to Gabe's sensuous lips...his tall, strong body...her own irresistible need? Gabe can't believe that Nicola still thinks he's the bad guy! Then again, he's almost tempted to fess up, just so he can keep tasting her incredible mouth. Still, they have a job to do. A daring criminal is terrorizing the city's wealthiest art collectors. Gabe and Nicola quickly realize that the smartest way to catch their quarry is to join forces. Of course, they'll have to find their way out of bed first...
When I started to read this book, I was a little worried that it would again have the first person/third person narrative just like Tell Me Your Secrets, but much to mine surprise, this stuck to first person narrative and the transitions aren't too jarring. There was confusion for me because of the heroine's and her father's name; Nick. Nicola is determined to be an FBI agent and not be her stepmother's toy or something. Gabe, on the other hand, is determined to prove to Nicola that he's not affiliated with the art thefts, and very soon, Nicola believes in him.
I would say that theme is overcoming the past to be with somebody you love.
Even though the story is well written and it looks like a good minor mystery mixed in with romance, I think I didn't understand some details in the story, and I really would have wanted to see some kid scenes between Nicola and Gabe.
Was Cara Summers born with the dream of becoming a published romance novelist? No. But now that she is, she still feels her dreams has come true. SHe loves writing for the Blaze line because it allows her to create strong, determined women and seriously sexy men who will risk everything to achieve their dreams. Cara has written more than thirty-five books for Harlequin Books, and when she isn't working on new stories, she teachers in the Writing Program at Syracuse University and at a community college near her home.
The previous book I read by Cara Summers was titled Tell Me Your Secrets, and I had to admit that I wasn't used to reading a book where point of view switches from third to first and first to third, etc. This book though, sticks with third point of view all the way through. It is interesting and the heroine and hero are portrayed positively. The writing is enjoyable and it seems to be a very strong book in my opinion.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)