HOT IN HANDCUFFS
While the scrumptious lawmen and the women who lust for them scorch up the sheets in Hot in Handcuffs, there isn’t anything new here and the handcuffs in the title aren’t about the bedroom activities. The short format in this new anthology leads to uneven writing among the stories, with plots that are rushed and flat characters.
In “Arresting Desire,” by Black, Dr. Lucia DiStefano wants her first lover to be FBI agent Jon Bocelli — and he’s more than willing. Decoding her late father’s encrypted message becomes a matter of life and death and the key to saving Jon’s brother. More than a seaside town is “On Fire” in Day’s sexy story. Deputy Marshal Jared Cameron is called in by fire inspector Darcy Michaels to investigate a series of arsons. They must solve the murder of Darcy’s twin sister before history repeats itself. In Walker’s “The Unwilling,” Mica Greer and ex-FBI agent Colby Mathis share more than an intimate past. They also have powerful psychic gifts that they must use to find the madman behind a bizarre series of murders. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 352 pp., $15.00)