Harlequin Blaze #600, Forbidden Fantasies

Emma Black, a paranormal investigator with PARA, the Paranormal Assessment and Recovery Agency, is assigned the duty to stop by billionaire and PARA benefactor Xavier Franklin’s mansion to pick up a rare potion bottle that is said to have mood enhancing capabilities. From Xavier’s firsthand perspective the potion doesn’t work and he wants the agency to look into it for him. Since her car is in the shop, she must take a bus ride to Manhattan that will cost her three hours of her time one way. Tired and only wanting to get the assignment accomplished, she arrives at the mansion to find that Xavier is throwing one of his infamous masquerade parties and he wants her to stay and have a little fun while she’s there.

As she’s speaking with Xavier she can’t believe who she sees at the party. It’s none other than Ryan Shepherd, a former PARA investigator, who was fired for stealing from the PARA vault. You see the vault is where they lock up all exotic and dangerous mystical items that shouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. She has no idea why Ryan is even at this party since he no longer works for PARA and he’s not well-to-do as all the party attendees are. When they get to speak to each other he acts casual to her and this makes her blood boil even more. It was only months earlier that Emma developed a crush on Ryan while they were partners and it seemed he didn’t have mutual feelings for her because he asked her roommate and friend, Charlotte, out on a date. Her heart was broken in two and she vowed she would get over Ryan once and for all. But seeing him stand in front of her and acting so nonchalant only makes her attraction run a bit deeper for him now.

Is Emma able to accomplish her assignment by retrieving the lust potion and safely returning it to PARA? Why is Ryan at the party and do they eventually get to talk things over about what happened six months ago to him? What is Ryan’s take on what he was accused of and can Emma help him reclaim his reputation?

I really enjoyed this story by Ms. Rowen and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Emma and Ryan. I loved the chemistry these two had between each other and I even thought a time or two I saw sparks flying off my page as I was reading it. The storyline was very entertaining and I found myself cheering Ryan on that he was trying everything within his means to convince Emma they belonged together. If you love paranormal themed stories this is the perfect one to pick up. Great job, Ms. Rowen!

Book Blurb for Inevitable

Paranormal investigator and erotic novelist Emma Black is at a masquerade ball and looking for a coveted lust potion. Unexpectedly, she bumps into her former partner, the ridiculously sexy (oh so sexy!) Ryan Shephard. And, for added bonus temptation points, the rare lust potion is splashed on both of them-with instantaneously hot results!

But is the incredible, mind-blowing sex between them only the result of the potion? Or are Emma and Ryan simply giving in to the inevitable?

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 4.00