You can’t go wrong with passionate, yet dirty, sex scenes. How many females have dreamt of the bad-ass cowboy sweeping them off their feet and ravishing them against the kitchen counter? The lead characters also have an interesting background that explains their somewhat violent encounters. Kent does well in revealing the motives of her well-rounded characters and allowing them to feel believable. The story is predictable at times but moves at a pace that readers will appreciate.
Arwen Poole and Dax Campbell both grew up with alcoholic fathers. While Arwen stayed in town to make a new life for herself, Dax left to fulfill his dream of becoming a cowboy. Now, Dax returns to town to settle an inheritance and comes face to face with Arwen, whom he hasn’t laid eyes on since high school. True to his love ‘em and leave ‘em ways, Dax pursues a purely sexual relationship with Arwen. He discovers that she wants the same thing. Both afraid to let love in, they settle for quenching their undeniable lust instead. (HEAT, Oct., 336 pp., 15.00)