Though it has obvious references to a previous title by this author, Corporate Seduction stands very well on its own. Reka and Khalil almost jump off the pages at the reader -- and many will wish Khalil actually would. Everything else -- well-balanced secondary characters and a cyber-stalker mystery readers will want to skip ahead to see solved -- is a bonus. But one of the most interesting things is that the novel
is a tried premise done very right. What makes this plot work is the author's skill with the characters.
Reka could be stereotypical, but
Arthur breaks the surface and shows
the real person inside.
When a friend's law firm is inundated with unwanted erotic e-mail from an unknown source, investigator and computer whiz Khalil Franklin is asked to help. When he meets paralegal Reka Boyd, she's unlike the women who typically inhabit his world. Coming from money, Khalil is used to polished, sophisticated women who want to merge their assets with his. Reka is a breath of fresh air.
To Reka, Khalil is dangerous. She's sworn off men after being hurt too many times. Though she tries to resist him, Khalil's calm demeanor and direct personality slowly win Reka over as she realizes that he's the man the boys she's dealt with in the past could never be. (Genesis/indigo, Jan., 300 pp., $9.95)