Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: Witness to Passion (Guarding Her Body #1) by Naima Simone

Book coverWitness to Passion (Guarding Her Body #1) by Naima Simone
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My rating: star star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame  Flame

Under his protection and in his bed…

For Fallon Wayland, birthdays are just another reminder of her looming spinsterhood. This year is shaping up to be no different. Unfairly fired from her job, dumped by her boyfriend, and oh yes, witnessing the murder of a high-ranking lieutenant in the local crime family… Yeah, birthdays suck.

Ever since a disastrous, hot-as-hell kiss years ago, soldier-turned-security specialist Shane Roarke has avoided his baby sister’s reckless—and gorgeous—best friend. Yet when her life is threatened after she witnesses a gang hit, he insists on protecting her…even if she objects.

The two are forced to hole up in a safe house. Alone. Passion long denied erupts between them, burning away their inhibitions. But even as layers—and clothes—are peeled away, danger closes in. Shane and Fallon might finally have a chance at love…if they survive long enough to see it.

Sometimes you read a book you enjoy and then find that you don't have much to say about the book besides the fact that you enjoyed it. This is one of those books, though I am going to try to articulate some of the high and low points of the story in this review.

The story starts of with her witnessing a gang murder and instead of keeping quiet about it, she does her civic duty and reports it to the police which makes her a target of the gang members. I started off this book not liking the heroine, Fallon much because I thought she was brash, flippant and immature. Her default mode is to antagonize, go on the offensive and shoot off her mouth when in a situation she's uncomfortable with or feeling defensive about. I did not like that about her, but I later came to realise this reaction was mostly a self-defense mechanism to protect the hurt little girl inside who never felt a parent's love. Over the course of the book, she transforms from a reckless and apparently self-centered girl to a young woman who has become strong and self-reliant in her own right, someone who has taken control of her life and become responsible for it.

Then there's Shane. Wow! Talk about uber alpha male. Shane is all the things that a girl likes to dream about in a book boyfriend. Tall, dark, handsome, slightly broody. A man of action and strong emotions he keeps tightly under wraps, which all comes apart and out as he faces his feelings for Fallon. A man who can be strong, relentless and protective, but tender and kind at the same time.

Fallon and Shane's relationship kick off with a rocky start because of their past and Shane's misguided impression that because she is his sister's best friend that he needs to keep his hands off her, but his attraction to her is too strong to deny. They have both been obsessing over each other and other relationships in the past have fallen short over the years because of their unrequited lust for each other. The lust blossoms into love as they come to know each other during an enforced time together while Shane is keeping Fallon safe.

Both Shane and Fallon have very different ideas of what they want out of a relationship and while the two don't mesh, they decide to at least sate their lust on each other, thinking that having a physical relationship will help them get each other out of their systems ... we know how that's going to end!! :-)

All in all, a book I enjoyed. This is my first experience of a book by Naima Simone. I will read others by her.

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About the author

authorI was born the daughter of a sharecropper…okay, maybe not. But, I am the daughter of a pastor from whom I inherited my love of romance. The man can preach a mean Song of Solomon! (There’s that plug, Daddy! You can pay me later!)

Although my first book starred a cucumber named Fred, my first romance came several years later in the seventh grade when I wrote myself as a heroine opposite Ralph Tresvant from New Edition. Through the power of my pen and imagination, Ralph took one look across a crowded stadium, met my dark, mysterious gaze, fell passionately in love and serenaded me in front of millions of fans. Out of all the girls in the world, he chose me! And, of course we lived happily ever after—once we had the inevitable fight, aka black moment, and made up with a passionate declaration of love and fidelity. This same story reincarnated itself many times over the years: with Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, and as recently as last night, Vin Diesel. 

Though the characters have changed, my love of love has endured. Shaping the lives of the unique men and women who experience the first, hungry bites of lust, the dizzying heights of passion and the tender, healing heat of love— nothing compares to it. Except maybe discovering new material for love scenes with my husband, the head of Research & Development!

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