Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin

This erotic novella showcases the author’s talent for creating sensual and complex characters with compelling stories. I enjoyed the camaraderie displayed by the members of the sexy Rossi family and was fascinated by the glimpses of the machinations employed to staff the fancy restaurants that are often signature draws for various tourist attractions. The intriguing secondary characters all have their own allure and I suspect that several of them will feature in their own sensual tales. Sadly, this story doesn’t have a significant resolution as many threads are left hanging but fortunately, the next chapter in the series will be released relatively quickly and I look forward to reading it!

“Afterburn” by Silvia Day is a novella that is part of the ‘Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin’ series and features the volatile Italian Rossi family whose daughter, Gianna, is involved in a high stakes haute cuisine showdown. Inexplicably, one of Gianna’s opponents is he former lover, Jackson (Jax) Rutledge, scion of a significantly powerful political family. Their intense attraction remains, despite the pain engendered when their affair ended abruptly, and is complicated by their opposition on a business deal. Jax is still struggling with the issues related to his affiliation with a high-powered family and he is determined to reconnect with Gianna, but he will have to work hard to convince her that he has more in mind than simply seducing her into his bed for another torrid affair.

Book Blurb for Afterburn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day, America's premier author of provocative fiction, delivers the debut novel from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

The realization that Jax still affected me so strongly was a jagged pill to swallow. He'd only been part of my life for five short weeks two years ago. But now he was back. Walking into a deal I'd worked hard to close. And God, he was magnificent. His eyes were a brown so dark they were nearly black. Thickly lashed, they were relentless in their intensity. Had I really thought they were soft and warm? There was nothing soft about Jackson Rutledge. He was a hard and jaded man, cut from a ruthless cloth.

In that moment I understood how badly I wanted to unravel the mystery of Jax. Bad enough that I didn't mind how much it was going to cost me...

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2013 4.00