Taken for His Pleasure (4), by Carol Marinelli, introduces readers to frumpy detective Lydia Holmes, who's assigned to protect wealthy Anton Santini. Lydia -- far more confident in her police skills than in her appearance -- is twice surprised, first by a makeover that reveals the woman beneath the badge and then by her immediate and powerful attraction to Anton. Lydia struggles to fulfill her duties without losing her heart. Lydia and Anton are sensual adult characters who challenge each other inside and outside the bedroom. Marinelli does an excellent job of combining a suspenseful plot with an intense romance, making for a satisfying read.
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Stephanie Schneider