Friday, June 4, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Ranger by Rhonda Nelson~ Harlequin Blaze

Harlequin Blaze June 2010

217 pages by Rhonda Nelson


Will Forrester--former Army Ranger, Southern gentleman, quintessential badass. Now an elite member of Ranger Security, Will once again has his work cut out for him. Especially when he meets Rhiannon Palmer.

She's the most bullheaded, mouthy, flat-out sexy woman he's ever encountered. And he can't keep his hands off her.

But Rhiannon's on a desperate search to find a good friend, and Will is the key. Despite the incredible chemistry between them, she makes it clear he's only the means to an end for her.

Still, Will learned a thing or two about strategy in the army. Before long, he'll have her right where he wants her. In his bed...for good.


Disclosure: I won this book at the Blaze blog.

Blaze books are not for everyone. They are sizzling hot, maybe too hot for some. I have to admit, I like them. See my postings about Blaze books HERE Any links to free books from those posts probably no longer work.

Will Forrester. The hero is pretty much what the blurb describes him to be, former Army Ranger, Southern gentleman, quintessential badass. I really didn't think he was much of a badass myself. In the first few pages of the book, it is established that this ex-ranger has some memories he wants to forget, of past missions. He is tortured. He also is a devoted grandson to the grandparents who raised him, I found that warm and endearing. Only his grandmother remains, but the love Will feels for her just ramped up his charm factor in my book. Also, it doesn't hurt he is drop-dead gorgeous and muscular.

Starting a new job at Ranger Security, he is given his first assignment, find an older man that has gone missing. Enter Rhiannon Palmer, sassy heroine, as most are in a Blaze book. She thinks of 76 year old Theo Watson as a father figure, and butts into Will's investigation. The eccentric, rich older man is looking for a supposed family treasure, and his son, wants his father found so he can no doubt shove him in the old folk's home and take over the money and estates.

Will is soon annoyed, and turned on by this firecracker. As with any good Blaze the sexual tension is palatable and hot. Both characters are likable, the attraction stimulating and real. The sub plot is exciting as well, as both follow Theo to a satisfying conclusion of said subplot. But in a Blaze it is the interaction between the hero and heroine that is at the forefront, and it works here in spades. And Will's tortured past is NOT tied up into a pretty ribbon, I liked that, it is something he will have to deal with the rest of his days, and with Rhiannon by his side, you imagine he should have no trouble keeping the demons at bay.
A truly rich, sexy and satisfying read.

3 and 3/4 stars out of 4 for the book

KOVER KUDOS: I cannot stop drooling at that cover. Love it. Picky point: The hair color and hairstyle do not match the description of Will in the book, I sooooo do not care here for once. Love the pose, the look on the models face, the colors. I would KILL to have this as a pin up poster. I will stop drooling now.

3 and 3/4 stars out of 4 for the cover

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