SWEET SOUTHERN BETRAYAL
January 13, 2014
Ebook 143 pages
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Privileged and ambitious attorney Teague Elliott is on the fast-track to getting everything he wants. All he has to do is stay on the straight and narrow and a high-profile political career is his for the taking. Until he wakes up naked with a Vegas showgirl…
Risa Clay has worked hard to put her showgirl past behind her and start fresh. But she owes ten grand to the wrong people, and to pay off her debt, she agrees to betray a stranger. . .but she ends up with a husband and guilty conscience.
Savvy and determined, she double-crosses the mob, goes on the run, and turns up on Teague’s doorstep armed with a dangerous secret, a marriage license, and the power to ruin his well-planed future. She thought using Teague again would be easy, but the passion that exploded between them in Vegas didn’t stay in Sin City and betrayal is the last thing on her mind.
Now Teague has to choose between the future he’s planned for all his life, or the one with Risa that he can’t turn away from.
I loved HIS SOUTHERN TEMPTATION so when I saw this was only ninety-nine cents I ran right over to Amazon and bought it.
What a great story, I was riveted to the pages. Sometimes Robin’s writing is so lovely it just jumps off the page — at the speed I read that means something. Mostly, aside from the really erotic romance between Risa and Teague, this is an “Old-Fashioned” contemporary romance. It’s old-fashioned in the sense that it’s good story telling filled with likeable, well mostly likeable, characters in tough situations, depending on support from friends and family to get through it, even if they don’t want to. Character growth through hard lessons and epiphanies are an important variable in this story.
And, LOVE. The message in this book over and over is that there’s nothing more important than love. It is the brass ring that you reach out for. Having a place to go home to isn’t bad either.
There are a couple of slightly unrealistic things; for example, what seems like a complete lack of political involvement for a guy being groomed for high office. And his hoity toity law firm having a known mobster for client is another.
Risa is fabulous. A homeless teen becoming a dancer on the Las Vegas has to have a lot of poise, but standing up for herself in several situations will put you on her side. She is one smart cookie!
Teague is pretty dense, well the armor around his heart is dense. I loved how Robin shows his father in a much better light than I read in HIS SOUTHERN TEMPTATION. His mother also comes of much less as Mrs. Stick-Up-Her-Butt. Teague’s personal epiphany is related to this repainting of his father’s motivations.
This series takes place in one town, but it feels like a different town in SWEET SOUTHERN BETRAYAL feels different than the town in HIS SOUTHERN TEMPTATION. Reflecting on it I realized it’s not inconsistent voice but, instead, it is seeing the town through the different eyes of the different characters. Even though it is not told in the first person we are seeing the town from different perspectives — Teague’s sophisticated, jaded, want-out-of-here mind set, and Risa’s guilt-ridden, differently jaded, but-this-town-is-a-dream-come-true view. This is pretty sophisticatedly written — more so than I expect from an erotic romance novella (a little lesson in assumption all on its own). Covington writes excellent steamy love scenes!
I thought this paragraph was particularly delightful and yummy!
He kissed her. She knew for a fact that she wasn’t the one to lean closer. She wasn;t the one to meld their bodies together from hip to chest to hot searching mouths. And she wasn’t the one who slid his one hand higher into her hair and the other around her waist until it rested in just the right spot on her lower back to make her press even tighter into the deliciously hard bulge in the front of his running shorts. But she was the onewho opened her lips and welcomed his tongue inside, moaning at the invasion and relishing the taste of him. And she was the one who pushed both hands under his T-shirt to trace the muscled expanse of his abdomen and upward to feel the soft texture of the hair of his chest. (Kindle Edition Location 958)
I read this entire book in about three hours — hours in which I should have been sleeping. If you give it a chance, which I highly recommend, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Robin Covington Indulgence Imprint/Entangled At B&N At Amazon