- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Brava; 1 edition (Aug. 1 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758228635
- ISBN-13: 978-0758228635
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,380,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tasting Fear Paperback – Aug 1 2009
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About the Author
Shannon McKenna is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous romantic thrillers and several novellas. After a bizarre assortment of jobs, from singing cocktail waitress to medical secretary to strolling madrigal singer, she decided that writing hot romantic suspense suits her best. She lives with her husband and family in a small seaside town in southern Italy. Write to Shannon at her website www.shannonmckenna.com. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Something valuable was hidden from the Nazis during WWII by an Italian Count. Lucia is a descendant of the Count living in the U.S. in the present day. John the Fiend pays her a visit to force her to give him whatever this is. She dies during his visit, before he can get it. He sees a letter she recently wrote to her three adopted daughters, now grown. The letter gives clues to the daughters about the item. The rest of the book is divided into three short stories (about 160 pages each) with John going after each of the three daughters. He has them under surveillance, plans to kidnap and torture them for the information and then rape and kill them for fun. Each story has one of the daughters meeting a guy, falling in love, having some conflict and in harms way with John.
The three daughters have different personalities and psychological damage from their pre-adoptive years. Nancy is a business manager/agent for up and coming musicians. Nell supports herself as a waitress while working on her PhD in poetry. Vivi is a tattooed and pierced sculptor and jewelry maker. The three men are gorgeous, sexy, dominant, and caring alpha males. Liam is a carpenter. Duncan is a former intelligence agent and currently owns a software development company. Jack was a former special ops military man and currently raises and sells flowers to florists.
This wasn't her best work, but it was definitely an enjoyable escape and worth the money to buy. She is a talented author, one of my favorites. The three short stories allow her to include a lot of what romance lovers want - the meeting and development of three passionate relationships with a lot of hot sex. There is more romance than anything else, but there is a fair amount of mystery, suspense and danger which kept me glued to the book, making it hard to put down.
DATA (for all three stories combined):
Story length: 478 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 18, most a few pages long, some longer. Setting: current day New York area and Oregon. Copyright: 2009: Genre: romantic mystery suspense thriller.
For a list of my reviews of other Shannon McKenna books, see my 5 star review of "Ultimate Weapon" posted 11/15/08.
Nancy D'Onofrio's foster mother Lucia has been murdered, and the now the killer is after her and her sisters, Nell and Vivi. Liam Knightly thinks he's starting a construction job for Lucia when he meets Nancy at Lucia's home. Once he finds out what's happened, Liam decides to become Nancy's protector instead - whether she wants it or not. Nancy never thought she'd find true love in a man as uncompromising as Liam. Now she just has to stay alive long enough to prove to him they are meant to be.
The scene "Outside the Limit" gets its title from is poignant and sensual. Liam is a bit old fashioned, a bit possessive, and very sexy. At first, it seems Liam and Nancy are wrong for each other. She's not what he wanted and his intensity scares her, but I was quickly drawn in by their compatibility on an emotional level. Liam is perfect for Nancy. He pushes her without being too overwhelming. He pries the insecurity out of her one kiss and one touch at a time. "Outside the Limit" has hot sex, tender emotions, and a very dangerous villain.
"Ask for More"
Nell D'Onofrio can hardly believe she has finally gotten the attention of the gorgeous man who has lunch in the restaurant she waitresses at. He's there every day at 3:15 on the dot. However, Nell has her hands full trying to find out why her foster mother was murdered, why her sister was abducted, and keeping herself safe from the same fate. Duncan Burke likes having no entanglements. He likes every minute of his day organized and planned out so when the sexy waitress that's been serving him turns his predictable world on its edge, he should be running from her, instead he can't stay away.
Nell is more book smart than street smart, which is where Duncan excels. Their feelings are tangible in "Ask for More". Whether it's Nell's fear, passion, or insecurity or Duncan's need for order and logic, their feelings pour off the pages. The villain gets crazier and angrier in "Ask for More". His single minded focus on getting the sisters makes every encounter scarier. "Ask for More" is exciting and emotional.
"Ready or Not"
Jack Kendrick had a very different image of Vivi when he agreed to harbor her from a psycho out to kill her and her sisters. Vivi D'Onofrio - youngest of the D'Onofrio sisters - is a free spirit. Her tattoos and flowing skirts make her appear flighty, but deep down Vivi is a fighter. She's going to need every ounce of that ability to stay safe and keep her heart intact when she falls for Jack. Jack is convinced that Vivi is going to pack up and leave, despite the mind blowing sex and the fact that she keeps telling him she won't. When opportunity knocks, Jack thinks Vivi will change her tune and she'll take his heart with her when she goes.
Vivi and Jack's story in "Ready or Not" is probably the most emotion filled for me. Jack's insecurity and need is endearing. He wants so desperately for Vivi to stay. He's romantic and wonderful with her, until he pushes her too far. Vivi is gentle and sweet, but she's tough as nails when she needs to be. She gives everything to Jack. Unfortunately, Jack won't let his guard down to let her in. The passion and emotion in "Ready or Not" are as intense as the killer's final attempt to get what he wants.
Duncan, Jack, and Liam are very different guys, but they have a few things in common: they are amazing lovers and when they fall, they fall hard and forever. Nancy, Nell, and Vivi are also very different, but they have hearts of gold and a need to be loved. I was lost in a sensual haze and entangled in the villain's web while reading Tasting Fear. I love the way Shannon McKenna writes. I love the way her books make me feel. Her brand of romance is erotic, edgy, and intense. From sadistic killers to hot sex, I can't get enough.
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