Behind Closed Doors Paperback – Sep 1 2002
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"Spine-tingling sensuality and suspense. You'll feel the heat with this one!" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Shannon McKenna is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including In For the Kill, Fatal Strike, and Behind Closed Doors. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is really pretty much built around the multiple sex interludes. And there are a lot, as Seth and Raine do it like rabbits. There's a ridiculous intrigue plot with guns and big bad guys sorta tossed in, but that part is really just stupid. The meat of the book, and McKenna's writing forte, is the sex! Not too dirty, but definitely not tame, she really delivers the sizzle! Lots of positions, but no bondage or kink (other than a little role-playing.) And one indication that this is fiction for women? Seth, the hero, loves giving oral sex, but never asks for any himself. Hah!
Not a bad begining except Raine is living in a house previously occupied by her uncle's exmistress and so it's rigged with cameras and Seth is spending quite a lot of time spying on her getting changed.
Raine is a push over and is perfect for Seth's macho territorial boss role. Novak is not really explored but psychotic about covers it and Lazar is practical (perhaps the most complex role in the entire book).
It's a little obsessive and weird that Seth latches on to Raine immeadiately, but that can be forgiven. Even Raine's stupidity and blind trust in the men around her can be forgiven. What can't be forgiven is the fact that if you take out the sex scenes, the scenes setting up sex, the scenes that just repeat - there is maybe a 100 pages of plot out of 400 some. Some of it doesn't even make sense.
In one scene Raine actually just gets an urge to go jogging at 230 in the morning. Why? She's restless and aggitated. What 26-yr-old does that?! Seth is also sitting outside in his truck watching her house at the time. Just creepy. Another scene has him breaking into her house and waiting for her to get home. It begs the question who this girl should have been scared of...
I totally agree that the characters are inconsistent. I also think the villains were too. The whole romantic suspense genre seems to be predicated on the most unlikely people with nothing in common falling into bed together. Or in this case the wall, shower and so on.
It also includes several detailed scenes of the villain having sex which were very offputting, as was his voyeurism with the various camersa dotted around his house, and the explicit nature of said activities in various multiples and gender combinations.
Kensington should make it clear that the Brava line is going to contain material like this. A reader who forked out good money expect Nora Roberts would well be peeved, not to mention goggled-eyed or even offended.
Having said that, the one thing the book does having going for it is an interesting if totally Neanderthal hero, though I can' tbelieve he had not had a girl for five years since his brother was killed, he is so rampant. The drought becomes a flood, and Raine is swept away, but I would have liked to see her exercise a bit ore common sense and spine. The games they play are not always healthy or safe, and Seth not trusting her toward the end is pretty unforgiveable even if their sex life is stupendous.
The book is way too long, with lashings of detail on every movement of his body (where are HER feelings in all of this) and even the hero says himself they are like a pair of minks. Subtlty, nuance, romance, even foreplay, vanish in a haze of power pwoer games on Seth's part.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It was a good book, the series is intense and the intimate situations are... riveting... couldn't put it down.Published 23 months ago by Kathleen
Behind Closed Doors had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading the story. I loved it!Published on June 27 2004 by Raja Williams
This book is deeply engrossing! It is the first Shannon McKenna book I read, and I can't wait to read more of them! This book is suspenseful and interesting. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Amanda Hunt
I enjoy stories like this fun story. Romantic, fun, and exciting too. What else could a reader ask for in this fun genre?Published on June 7 2004 by Peg Dubeck
The main characters to me were just so inconsistent. I mean Raine (the heroine), only had [physical relations] once in her life and it wasn't even good [physical relations], she's... Read morePublished on April 14 2004
I've never read anything by Shannon McKenna before, but I am going out to find as many other of her books as there are available. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Lynn Alford
This book was my second attempt with a Romance novel. My first attempt, was totally botched; but I figured I'd give the genre a second change. I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on April 12 2004