Sedonia Guillone is one of those authors who is an automatic buy for me. Not only do I absolutely adore her heroes, but she also writes interesting and heartfelt stories that I thoroughly enjoy. So, when I saw that her newest book, Acts of Passion, was available to review I jumped at the chance to read it and boy am I glad I did! Acts of Passion is filled with romance, suspense and enough Japanese folklore that kept me enraptured with it from the first sentence to the last word.
The moment that homicide Detective Jack Cade was called to investigate the questionable death of Conrad Kent, he knew he would need some expert advice. At first glance, it looked like a possible suicide evidenced by the lyrical suicide note, and his kneeling position on the floor with sword protruding from his stomach. But, there were several things that gave Jack the hunch that there was definitely more than meets the eye within the scene. Deciding he would like the opinion from a profiler, he calls the Psychology Department at Harvard only to find out that the profiler he’s used in the past has retired, but has recommended a former student and who is now a new professor there.
When Jack meets Dr. Michael Di Santo he’s filled with mixed emotions. Michael is unlike any profiler he’s ever met or worked with in the past. Not only is the new profiler handsome and obviously eccentric in a hot-but-geeky way, there is something about the young professor that intrigues him as well. Jack is surprisingly impressed with Michael’s knowledge of Japanese folklore, and when the Michael points out some inconsistencies of this being a Japanese ritual suicide, Jack instinctively knows that Michael is definitely the right man to help him investigate the case.
It’s at times like this Michael wishes he wasn’t so klutzy or self conscience about himself. Being around the handsome and self-assured detective just makes him feel more socially inadequate than he already is. But, as the two men start working closely together to find the killer, they start forming a friendship, and then strong emotional bond between them. Even though they are polar opposites, both men soon realize that they somehow fit together. Since both men have past hurts they must work through, they both must take a chance at the budding love that has formed between them. Just as they start to trust in the feelings they have for one another, Michael’s life becomes in danger when the killer becomes enamored with him and decides he wants him for himself.
I loved this book! Like other books that Ms. Guillone has written, it is obvious that she is very knowledgeable about the Japanese culture. So not only did I get to enjoy a great romantic suspense-filled book, I learned interesting tidbits about a different culture than my own. I was enthralled with Acts of Passion from the very first scene until the last written word. The descriptive way the story is told made me feel like I was experiencing everything first hand, just as Jack and Michael was. I admit that I read this book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
It was also a pleasure to meet Jack and Michael. Both characters were likeable, honorable men that I would be proud to call a friend in my own life. It was fascinating to see them evolve from being somewhat hesitant strangers to a budding loving partnership. As the story progressed I really began to believe that these two men fit well together and I found myself rooting for them to get past some of the past fears and insecurities each man had, and take a chance on the gift of love that they were given with each other.
Acts of Passion was a fast-paced read for me and I really hated to see it come to an end. I’m looking forward to reading more from Ms. Guillone and just like several other books written by her, Acts of Passion will be firmly placed on my keeper shelf so I can enjoy it for years to come.
Sedonia has a very interesting and informative website that catalogs her other books. She also has an amazing “White Tiger” series that I’m hooked on too! Here is the link to her website if you are interested: http://www.sedoniaguillone.com