The luxurious and decadent Scimitar Hotel is the setting for three novellas that feature couples discovering new things about one another as they act out their fantasies.

"Suite Seduction" finds wholesome preschool teacher Katie trying to get her boyfriend Dylan to see her in a different light. In "Suite Surrender," hotel employees Shellie and Tyler are trapped alone as a blizzard rages outside. Their strictly business relationship suddenly heats up as they struggle to keep warm. "Suite Revenge" rounds out this steamy trilogy as Emily plans to teach the guy who rebuffed her in high school, Luke, a few lessons after purchasing him in a charity auction.

All three novellas feature likeable characters in sensuous scenarios. What sets Maynard's work apart from others in this genre is that she develops her characters and plotlines to the extent that the reader cares about what happens outside the bedroom as well as within it. (Jan., 256 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Stephanie Schneider