Monday, September 3, 2007

Behind Closed Doors - Shannon McKenna

I hesitated before starting this one because I read another McKenna book a while ago and found it a bit too violent and sexual for my tastes with a hero of the caveman variety. But I had it in the TBR pile and I have been trying to make it smaller so I just decided to pick it up this weekend since I was in the mood for a romantic suspense.

Surveillance expert Seth Mackey knows everything about the women that his millionaire boss toys with--and tosses aside. Raine Cameron is something different. Night after night, Seth watches her on a dozen different video screens. Her vulnerable beauty haunts him and her fresh innocence stirs a white-hot passion that he can barely control. Raine is pure temptation, but Seth has something more important to take care of first. He's convinced that his boss, Victor Lazar, is responsible for his half-brother's murder. He cannot put his secret investigation at risk, but he can't stop wanting her--craving her--and soon he knows he can't let Victor have her. For Raine may be Victor's next victim . . .
Raine knows she's being watched--but no one can see the secrets in her heart. She has reasons of her own to seek revenge on Victor Lazar, and she will, despite her fear--and the distracting presence of Seth Mackey. Though Raine has little experience with men, Seth's fiercely masculine good looks and animal sensuality stir her most erotic fantasies when she's alone . . .and lead her to a bold plan. Offering her body to him, surrending totally to his ruthless desire might well push her beyond all emotional limits--and beyond fear itself.

I found this hero very rough on the heroine as was the previous but in this story I could better understand it since there were no previous relationship between them. They didn't know each other and I could better believe how trust didn't come easy to Seth. Especially becouse the story starts with him spying on Raine and after they meet they are both keeping secrets.

Their relationship was very intense and it seemed to occupy most of the book and the mystery plots becomes secondary, it didn't seem all that developed. My problem was that Raine and Seth have a lot of sex but don't talk all that much. If we could have had less of the first and more of the second this would have been excellent.

Grade: I hesitated between a C+ and a B- and decided on the B- because I liked the ending, Raine was strong and stood up to her cave man!


  1. Caveman indeed, Ana! I cannot stand Shannon McKenna's books. I tried 4 of them and each time, the hero was a total jerk and I normally like alpha heroes...

  2. Yes I finding that she is not to my taste either which is unfortunate because I had bought 3 of her books after having seen them so well recommended. Now I still have one in the TBR pile and not much desire to read it...

  3. Sadly McKenna is becoming more miss than hit for me. I thought Behind Closed Doors was "OK", I really liked Standing In The Shadows, but Hot Night and Return To Me drove me half crazy.

  4. Uh oh! Return to Me is the one I still have in the TBR pile...

  5. I read or tried to read that book, a complete miss for me. Glad you enjoyed it a little bit more than me just the same ;)

  6. well I enjoyed it more than my first read by her but it wasn't a favourite by a long shot. Did you read any others by her T.? I heard so much about her, good things I mean...

  7. No, I am usually a one-try reader, if the first book does not impress me, I will only read more on very special circunstances. Plus as I said, I am weirdly picky about romance novels, I like so little and disliked so much some so very popular things I just shrug off and take the try-one policy. Oh and forgot an author I am still willing to read, Robert Gellis, as you know :)


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