Title: Shadow Hawk
Author: Jill Shalvis
Published: 2007, Harelquin Blaze
Category: Romantic Suspense
I got this one because it was a featured title on Romantic Advances.
When his latest mission turns into a bloodbath, ATF officer JT Hawk realizes he's been set up by someone at the top. Wounded and on the run, he has no choice but to take beautiful Abby Wells hostage. After all, she's in danger, too. And if the only way to keep the fiercely independent communications expert safe is to cuff her and bring her along for the ride, he'll do it. With pleasure, even.
Only, given their close contact, it's not long before Hawk's thinking about a totally different kind of pleasure...
I really think that this is just what a category should be (though obviously I don't have much to compare it to). Fast, fun, and sexy. There's a slightly ridiculous action plot with lots of running around and shootouts, and an eeee-vil villain, but it was all in good fun. Satisfying romance--hero: sexy, strong, but sensitive; heroine: victimized but tough. I had a really good time reading this book. And that cover is, um . . . hot. :)
Title: Her Sister's Child
Author: Cynthia Thomason
Published: 2007, Harlequin SuperRomance
Category: Contemporary Romance
I decided to buy this SuperRomance because Wendy said that they are really one of the last places you can get a love story between regular people. No vampires, no spies, no millionaires. This sounded appealing to me.
"Actually, we've met before..."
Ten years ago, to be exact. Then, Julia Sommerville was just an awestruck student in love with a dashing young professor. Now, after she has saved his life, Cameron Birch sees her for the attractive, alluring woman she's become. A woman who proves she has the courage to make extreme decisions by taking in her sister's eight-year-old daughter.
However, when Julia finds out Cameron is the unwitting father of little Katie, she faces the hardest choice she's ever had to make: tell him and lose the child she has come to love, or lie and lose the man of her dreams for the second time...
I really liked the first 2/3 of this book. It's very sweet and nice (in a good way). I love professor heroes. I also loved the rural setting (the mountains of North Carolina). My problem came when Julia finds out that Cameron is the father of her niece, and she lies to everyone about it for completely selfish reasons. I was really annoyed by that. It appears to be part of a series---"A Little Secret" book. Well, the secret bit felt odd and tacked on, and the way Julia lied felt out of character. It left me disliking the book, even though I really enjoyed the beginning.