Braemel’s Hauberk Protection series tales run the gamut from scorching to heartrending, blending the allure of private agents with real-life drama and plenty of heat. BDSM and voyeuristic themes are used as a gateway to greater, far more intense intimacy between these complicated characters and their intense relationships. This is a good place to start for newcomers and a welcome reminder of an intriguing series for longtime fans.
In “Private Property”, Jodi and her boss, Mark, enjoy a torrid, no-strings affair. When Mark brings a friend in to fulfill Jodi’s fantasy of a ménage, the results are explosive. In “Deliberate Deceptions,” Chad and Lauren Miller spent almost 10 years apart following the death of their baby girl and the collapse of their marriage. But when one of Lauren’s former colleagues begins targeting those she loves, Lauren and Chad are forced together — and forced to realize how much passion still lingers between them. (SAMHAIN, Jan., 248 pp., $15.00)