Thursday, January 26, 2012

Romance Book Review: K.D. Grace's Body Temperature and Rising

Author: K.D. Grace
Series Connection: Lakeland Heatwave Book 1
ISBN: 9781908086884
Genre: Witches/ Ghosts/ Paranormal/ Erotic Romance/ Demons
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd

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After reading this book I had to sit on it overnight to see how many stars I would give it. If I gave only marks for excellent writing skills and hot, hot, hot love scenes that I would definitely go for the 5 Hearts on this one.

The story line features an American woman, Marie, moving to England after she gets run down and run over in the business world in America. She decides its time to rest and slow down. She moves into a cottage on a farm in the Lake District. The farm is owned by handsome Tim.

While walking through the woods, Marie comes upon her neighbor Tara and the handsome Anderson having sex on the trail. Little does she know at the time, but handsome Anderson is really a ghost called upon by the witch Tara. Anderson later finds Marie lost in the woods in the rain and while helping her warm winds up having sex with her as well. Marie still doesn't realize that Anderson is a ghost because she has special powers that allow ghosts to take on a solid form by just her touch.

You can kind of see where this book is going so far.

Tim comes into the scene next. He's attracted to Marie, but there are strange things going on in his life. Ghost seem to be all around him wanting to have sex with him. When he realizes that Marie can see the ghosts as well, he decides he's not crazy. The two embark on a wild sexy romp together fighting off a demon ghost while trying to navigate the ghostly paranormal and ghost sex magic.

Where the book runs into some problems for me is that the romance is just about nil. We know that Tim and Marie are attracted to each other and are sleeping together, but we don't see any real love between them and between the ghosts and the witch next door they are having sex with too many others that it seem there really isn't any connection between the two. That leaves something missing for me.

Erotic fans will really love this story however because the sex scenes and K.D. Grace's writing style is perfect for that genre.  This is the first book in this series, so I hope to see Marie and Tim's relationship move closer together in future stories.

American transplant to the Lake District, MARIE WARREN, didn’t know she could unleash demons and enflesh ghosts until a voyeuristic encounter on the fells ends in sex with the charming ghost, ANDERSON, and night visits from a demon. To help her cope with her embarrassing and dangerous new abilities, Anderson brings her to the ELEMENTALS, a coven of witches who practice rare sex magic that temporarily allows needy ghosts access to the pleasures of the flesh.

DEACON, the demon Marie has unleashed, holds an ancient grudge against TARA STONE, coven high priestess, and will stop at nothing to destroy all she holds dear. Marie and her landlord, the reluctant young farmer, TIM MERIWETHER, are at the top of his list. Marie and Tim must learn to wield coven magic and the numinous power of their lust to stop Deacon’s bloody rampage before the coven is torn apart and more innocent people die.

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