by Kathryn Nolan
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on September 15, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops, Erotic
Source: The Author
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Detective Will Furey is a Good Cop–decorated, well-respected, a true leader. In his ten years on the police force he’s never broken the rules.
That is, until he meets Violet D’Allegra. Or rather, begins to tail her.
Violet is Will’s worst nightmare. She’s a notorious con artist who’s been seducing and blackmailing men up and down the California coast. Arrogant and beautiful, she’s stayed one step ahead of the law her entire life–and isn’t about to stop now.
Every night Will watches her set her trap. And every night he fights the urge to walk right into it.
But the question is: who’s tailing who?
Note: this is a short, quick-and-dirty novella. It’s a little twisted, and a lot dark, but still has a damn good HEA.
Cuffed by Kathryn Nolan is a fast-paced, dirty read with an unexpected conclusion. I really enjoyed this novella.
Detective Will Furey has had his eye on Violet D’Allegra for months. She’s a femme fatale con artist who targets wealthy men, seduces them, and blackmails them before moving on to her next mark. Will is close to gathering enough evidence to make an arrest, but the longer he watches Violet, the more fixated on her he becomes.
Will has been a straitlaced cop for many years. His growing fascination with Violet is out of character for him, but there’s just something about her that draws him in.
Violet is mysterious, tough, and blunt. I think it’s safe to say that she’s a maneater. She doesn’t get attached from one con to the next; she manipulates men, gets them to pay up, and moves on without looking back.
Violet is aware that Will is on her trail and pretty soon, she’s fascinated in her own right. When Violet’s latest con goes astray, Will moves in to make his arrest. But now that he’s close enough to touch Violet, he’s no longer content to stay at a distance.
Since this is a novella, there’s a lot of emotion condensed down and I would have loved to get into the characters’ heads just a bit more so that I fully understood their back stories. Before they meet, the scenes with Violet and Will are ripe with sexual tension. After that, the smoking hot sexy times begin. The conclusion of the story is one I didn’t expect, but it seems fitting at the same time.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and look forward to reading more from her in the future. I strongly recommend Cuffed.
A copy of this book was provided to me by the author.
Rating: 4 stars