by Megan Hart, Tiffany Reisz
Published by Harlequin on October 28, 2014
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Double the passion and seduction as New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart and international bestselling author Tiffany Reisz weave two provocative tales about power, bad-boy lovers and secret desires!
LETTING GO by Megan Hart
Colleen goes to the same bar every night and orders the same drink: a whiskey, neat. She doesn't drink it, though. Jesse the bartender notices the beautiful, sad woman who keeps to herself. Until one night when she lets go and lets him in. And after that, Jesse has only one mission--to show her one night is only the beginning.
SEIZE THE NIGHT by Tiffany Reisz
Four years ago, a night of forbidden passion between Remi and Julien, the heirs of two powerful and competitive horse-racing families, led to a feud that is threatening to ruin both farms. Now Remi must find Julien again, but when she does, her need for Julien is just as strong and just as forbidden.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin and this book did not disappoint me.
Letting Go by Megan Hart
Rating: 4 stars
It had been a while since I’d read something by Megan Hart and I’d forgotten how much I love her writing. Letting Go is about Colleen, a divorcee whose ex has really worked her over emotionally. He left her feeling like nothing but a controlling bitch, even though in reality, she’s a smart, capable woman who knows what she wants. And even though they’re no longer married, he somehow manages to slither into her life regularly.
Colleen frequents a bar weekly where she keeps to herself and makes the acquaintance of the bartender, Jesse. One night, a snowstorm hits and the two get snowed in together. They hook up and even though it’s meant to be temporary, they wind up seeing each other again.
Jesse is a single dad but he’s on civil terms with his child’s mother. As he and Colleen fall for each other, they have to rearrange their respective lives to make the other fit. Jesse’s child is his priority, but he wants Colleen in his life. And in turn, Colleen has to learn to let go of the power that her ex still holds over her and eliminate him from her life completely.View Spoiler »It turns out that Colleen and Jesse are a really good match sexually because she likes to be in control and he likes to be commanded. That’s serendipitous, and maybe a little too convenient, but it works for the story. It’s explored in an interesting way because Colleen is still dealing with the mental abuse from her ex. He made her feel shame for wanting to have a certain level of control in her life, so when she’s able to explore that with Jesse, it’s incredibly freeing for her.
I really appreciate the way that Hart conveys emotion in her books. In this story, her characters are normal people with emotional hurdles to overcome. They both want to get to a better place. Eventually, they realize that it will be so much better if they do that together. « Hide Spoiler
Seize the Night by Tiffany Reisz
Rating: 4 stars
This is the first time I’ve read anything by Tiffany Reisz and I’m definitely a fan now. Seize the Night is a re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet. Several years ago, Remi and Julien did something that accidentally started a feud between their families and they’ve been forbidden to associate with each other ever since.
Their respective sets of parents own horse-racing farms and things in the present take an interesting turn when Remi discovers a potentially disastrous secret. To obtain additional information, Remi seeks help from Julien, for whom she’s always held a torch over the past several years.
The feeling turns out to be mutual and Remi and Julien fall for each other again. With the help of Remi’s employee/friend Merrick, they plot to destroy the feud between their families. Merrick is both ridiculous and hilarious and probably my favorite character from the story.
I wasn’t sure if this retelling would work, but it just does. There are several scenes where Reisz takes elements from Shakespeare and turns them upside down. For example, at one point Remi visits Julien in secret, in the middle of the night, showing up beneath his window. And in this story, it’s the male who’s much more innocent and inexperienced, rather than the female.
The story is smart, funny, and somehow manages to be both sweet and incredibly sexy. I loved the combination of wit and romance. As I mentioned, I’m new to reading Reisz but I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
Rating: 4 stars