Title: Remembering You
Author: Audra North
Series: Pushing the Boundaries #0.5
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Available: April 12th
He’s in hot pursuit…and she’s determined not to become a casualty of love.
A Pushing the Boundaries prequel.
SWAT officer Ben Crewes has never forgotten the mystery woman whose voice comforted him in the night after he was shot in the line of duty. A voice he never managed to connect with a face.
Years later, a chance encounter with reporter Nina Lang feels strangely familiar, and although he regards bloodsucking newshounds with the same contempt as perps, he feels something he hasn’t felt since that sexy voice soothed him in the darkness.
Long ago, Nina learned the risks involved with men in dangerous professions. But by the time she realizes he belongs to the voice from that long-ago night, the connection sizzling between them is too hot to stamp out without leaving a mark on her soul.
The smart move would be to walk away. Before she gives in to the kind of heat that forges futures—the kind that could simply end in another painful memory.
Warning: An officer who’s cool under pressure, a woman who blows that cool all to hell, and a fender bender that leads to an exchange of more than just insurance cards.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
The first book in this series (Giving It Up) proved to be an amazing surprise for me, with its complicated and unconventional D/s relationship. I have to admit I was expecting more of the same in this prequel novella, but that’s not what I got. There is plenty of sex and some scorching chemistry, but there are no BDSM elements and although the traditional gender roles of falling in love first and wanting to settle down are reversed, overall it’s a fairly standard read.
That doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, because it is. Ben is kind of adorable in his SWAT team leader way, falling in love with a voice and wondering if he and that mysterious woman from three years ago might be soul mates. He’s a guy who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid of settling down.
Nina is the complete opposite. A driven journalist who has daddy issues and is more concerned with running from one story to the next than hanging around and building anything memorable. Except things between her and Ben are hot and heavy and unforgettable, making life tricky for Nina, as she has no plans to ever get involved with someone in such a risky position.
As I said, this is a good read. Not quite what I was expecting, but enjoyable nonetheless. However, because it is short, this book is more about sex than romance. Ben might have all these feelings for Nina, but we don’t really get a true picture of it, and I expected a bit more conflict from their issues with each other’s careers. It’s a tale of lust rather than love.
If you’re looking for something hot and sexy that’s quick to read and doesn’t demand too much attention, then give this a go. If, however, you want something hot and sexy that does demand more of you than a quick read, maybe you should check out Giving It Up, because that’s a book that has stuck with me, whereas this one, I suspect might be slightly forgettable.
Remembering You is out April 12th!
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