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Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Shot in the Dark by Christine d'Abo

This is the second book in the "Long Shots" series.
Main Characters:  Paige Long is part owner of a coffee shop along with two of her siblings.  Carter is a firefighter who frequents her shop.  Right away he likes what he sees and invites her to Mavericks, a local sex club.
Paige walks into the coffee shop's kitchen to find two of her employees having sex.  Now what would you do in her shoes?  She ends up working the rest of the night shift and this guy starts to hit on her - his name is Carter.  In talking with Carter, it finally dawns on her that he is a Dom.
Her brother Ian comes to see her the next day after hearing what happened the night before.  She's concerned about him.  Is this what leads to Christine's third book?  Can't wait for number 3 to come out so that I can find out the answer.
On her way back to the coffee shop, guess who she meets again.  This time in a uniform.  Don't you just love men in uniform?  He's also back to hitting on Paige.
One thing I love about Christine's writing is that she sticks to her scenes.  There is no going off on tangents that don't have anything to do with the interaction of our main characters.  Or that don't add anything to a scene.
Things start to happen quickly for Carter and Paige - another good thing about short stories.  They both know that they can give each other what they want.  This is what makes Carter a good Dom.  You will find that the BDSM is very subtle in this story.
If you are more of a sensualist, this story will be good for you.  None of the sex scenes are over the top and unbelievable.  If you have an adventurous sex partner this story may give you some ideas.  And isn't that what some of our romance/erotic novels do?  Give us ideas that spice up our lives a little.
The story ends with us wanting more.  I can't wait to see how Christine is going to end this trilogy.  Will Ian finally be happy and find love?  This is definitely a series that you will want to read again.
I do have questions for Christine though, is Josh going to have his own story?  He seems to be a link between our main characters.  I would love to see him connect with someone.  Is Maverick's going to show up in other books?
I give book 2 of the "Long Shots" series 4 1/2 stars

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