Book Review: Passion and Peril by Suzanne Brockmann and Jill Sorenson

Passion and Peril by Suzanne Brockmann and Jill SorensonTitle: Passion and Peril
Author: Suzanne Brockmann, Jill Sorenson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by author (Jill Sorenson)
Published: November 26, 2013 by Harlequin

Scenes of Passion by Suzanne Brockmann
Safe and steady pretty much sums up Maggie Stanton's life. But a chance encounter stirs long-buried desires and urges her to do the unimaginable — take a risk. Shockingly, the man who convinces her to forsake predictability for passion is the full-grown version of her childhood best friend. Only, this Matthew Stone wants more and Maggie almost believes that their whirlwind romance is meant to be. Then she learns that Matthew is keeping a secret and the consequences could change everything . . .

Scenes of Peril by Jill Sorenson
The snowstorm forecast says it's a big one, but wildlife photographer Paige Dawson is prepared. Until a terrible car accident brings a sexy stranger to her remote mountain cabin and the bad weather strands them together . . . for days. The heat between them is like nothing she's ever known — incendiary, undeniable. And just as she begins to hope for something real with Colin Reid, after the snow melts, he remembers what caused his accident . . . and it may be too late for them both.

Scenes of Passion by Suzanne Brockmann – I had yet to read a book by this author, though I’ve been wanting to. Because of that and the cryptic blurb I wasn’t sure what to expect. The beginning narration from Maggie’s POV was annoying but after the first chapter it got better. The thing is, the story arc wasn’t of interest to me so I did not finish the book. Matt has to prove his ability to run his late-father’s company in order to have it handed over to him, per the provisions in his father’s will, and so he hires Maggie to help him. The thing they have in common is theater acting and instead of putting all of his focus into the family business that he supposedly cares so much about, he decides it would be a great idea to audition for the town’s summer musical. He only has 3 months to prove himself capable of running the company yet he wants to play around at the same time. Right there I was done. I can’t deal with a character who can’t get his priorities straight.

Brianna’s Rating: DNF

Scenes of Peril by Jill Sorenson – I read this story first because the blurb sounded really interesting. Overall, this was a good story. I liked both lead characters. The impromptu photo session Paige had with Colin was hot. Colin was a very interesting character with his dual careers. There was a bit of suspense going on, though not too heavy. The chemistry between Paige and Colin was believable and sizzling. For being a 100-page read, it was a well told story with good pacing that didn’t fall short. I only wish there had been an epilogue to follow up on the HFN. I got the impression that this story somewhat ties in with the author’s Aftershock series, as Paige’s parents had “died in a car crash during the San Diego earthquake” which was the setting for the first book in that series. If that is the case, I hope this couple makes an appearance in one of the later books.

Brianna’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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