Director Cole Ryder's next action-adventure film takes place in the tropics, an unfamiliar environment for this ex-Marine. He seeks help from Ariel, a sexy survival expert who knows the rainforest inside and out. When this tropical beauty agrees to spend a few days and nights in the rain forest with him, Cole begins thinking more about romance under the stars than survival.

Ariel's overprotective, wealthy uncle puts a glitch in Cole's plans, however. He threatens to end Cole's burgeoning Hollywood career if he touches, seduces or tempts Ariel in any way. Romancing Ariel could mean kissing his career goodbye, but it might be worth it.

Ariel knows that her beloved matchmaking uncle hopes that if Ariel is a forbidden temptation, Cole will find her irresistible. Her uncle wants a "real" man for Ariel, one who will give her undying love and everlasting fidelity. Ariel's not sure that kind of man exists outside of fairy tales, but, then again, she's never met a man like Cole.

The fun begins when a beguiling heroine coaxes a seductive ex-Marine into a tropical paradise. Sexy, witty dialogue and a provocative, erotic plot make Donahue's latest a steamy delight. (May, 320 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mitchell