Author: Virginia Cavanaugh
Release Date: 4 May 2012
Number of pages: 67 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon
Grade: 3.5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: It should have been a simple evening. Go to the high school reunion. Have a couple of drinks. Share a few laughs. Easy peasy. Until Special Agent John Clayton walks in and turns Andi Morgan’s life upside down.
He makes her want things…deliciously wicked things. But Andi’s past complicates matters. Her ex-husband—and local senator’s son—Steve Hidel is in deep shit with the Havenk brothers, a shady pair of gunrunners, and they all want something only Andi can give them. Andi wants to trust the safety she finds in John’s arms, but she soon discovers he might have ulterior motives of his own.
My Thoughts: I'll start by a confession: I picked up Seductive Reunion because that week I had my own high school reunion and thought it was a fitting story to read, and I really enjoyed it.
Though Seductive Reunion is a very short novella of only 67 pages, and I'm not a big fan of novellas as I think the length limitations restrict the author from developing the story enough, I am happy to report that both Virginia Cavanaugh's smoothly flowing writing and the development and conclusion of the story left me satisfied. Despite its short length Seductive Reunion packed a well developed and compact little story. We had some sexual tension, steamy encounters and even some thrilling suspense moments.
Besides Andi and John, who were both likable and interesting characters, I also enjoyed the addition of Andi's high school best friend who brough some fierce loyalty and humour to the mix.
My only complaint is the premature and forced "I Love You"s. I don't see why John and Andi had to declare their love for one and another after having spent only 2-3 days together. (I can even get that John has had a crush on Andi since high school, but Andi barely remembered John from her high school years.) I can see how they had chemistry, sizzling attraction, steamy lust, but why mix love into the mix when it didn't have time to develop?
Verdict: Seductive Reunion is a nice well written short erotic romance novella. I could have done without the suspense element but Virginia Cavanaugh's writing was captivating, so I'll be on the lookout for more books written by her. An ideal read if you are looking for something short and thrilling.