Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I received the advance copy of this novel, Up Close and Dangerously Sexy, in Manuscript format in the mail and so it was a tough for me to read a bunch of MS paper. So I stapled them into 4 sexions and started to read the novel, which soon got so good that I totally forgot that it wasn't an actual book I was holding. Yesterday I had Karen Ander's interviewed here on the blog and she wrote that this is the first of her Undercover Love Miniseries for Harlequin Blaze. So I was really excited to read and review this novel because first I love reading a good series and two Harlequin Blaze is a line of that I enjoy reading because they are such fun and blazingly hot reads. Allie thought she was giving her twin sister Callie's home a makeover for their birthday but it all gets turned around when her sister doesn't come home when she's supposed but a hot and sexy guy walks through the door. With one of his top operatives out of commission, undercover agent (and total hotness) Drew Miller will enlist the assistance of interior designer Allie Carpenter—who will pose as her twin sister in order to bring down an arms dealer. Allie is swept up into this whole different world that she never would have guessed her twin sister Callie lived and worked in. Drew is granted clearance to bring Allie in by any means necessary and their mission, should they accept it, is complete deception…and absolute temptation!
The hero, Drew, and the heroine, Allie, are such different people that its such a wonder how they met and started to fall in love with each other. Allis is such a wonderful character who was so easy to fall in love with and to understand. She is a wonderful and I think a very understanding and unselfish twin sister because if I were her and I learned what she did in this novel I don't think I would be brave enough to do what Allie did. Now Drew is one hot and dangerously sexy man who has many personal issues caused by his own childhood and the harst past experience in his last mission. Drew is also such a loveable character that I knew he would be good match for Allie. They both are opposites that attract one another and make it work for both of them to live a happily ever after life. As for the secondary characters in this story I really was intrigued with Allie's twin sister Callie who I know will get her own story told soon. She is the complete opposite of her sister Allie even though they are identical twins and she is in very deep in this undercover mission with the villian of the series called The Ghost. I can't wait to find out what is going to happen to her and her unknown love interest in her story that should be coming out sometime this year.
Allie's brother Max is an FBI agent and though he wasn't mentioned only a few times throughout the novel I also know he will end up getting his own love story told. He is a mystery to me and I really want to know his involvement with the villian The Ghost and I can't wait to also find out who is love interest will be too. Now there are the teammates and friends of Drews that were in this novel (Thad Michaels, Damian Frost, Leila and Jason Kyoto) that I really loved getting to know and I hope that Karen Anders ends up writing up each one a love story of their own for her Undercover Love Miniseries. I thought that they were all great characters who have their own personal issues that could be developed into fun and excitingly blazing Harlequin Blaze novels. After finishing Up Close and Dangerously Sexy I wanted more! I am now hooked to this miniseries because Karen Anders has delievered a suspenseful and blazing hot novel that I could not put down and almost got a paper cut I was turning the pages so fast. So I recommend you go out and buy this book while their on the stands because if you want to long they will be gone and then you'll be missing out on the start of a great miniseries in the Harlequin Blaze line. I give this book 4 Open Books:
Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture: UP CLOSE AND DANGEROUSLY SEXY $ 4.99 (Book 1)(216 Pages) With one of his top operatives out of commission, undercover agent (and total hotness) Drew Miller will enlist the assistance of interior designer Allie Carpenter—who will pose as her twin sister in order to bring down an arms dealer. Drew is granted clearance to bring Allie in by any means necessary…. Their mission, should they accept it, is complete deception…and absolute temptation!

6 comments:

  1. Phoebe - Thanks for such a great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. This is one of the Bazes I added to my wishlist recently. I've been really enjoying the Blaze books after a long break from the line.

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  3. I just received my first paper MS copy, which I thought was a little strange, but at least mine was spiral bound. I can't imagine getting a stack of papers to read, it would feel too much like school!

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  4. Karen - I'm just glad that you contacted me to read and review it. I can't wait for the rest in your new series.

    Shelly - You should really put this one at the top of your wishlist and get it soon. I enjoyed reading it and I know that you will too.

    Meg89 - I'm glad to know I'm not the only one and I would have liked it it was like your and was a spiral bound one. It did feel a bit like when I was in school but I forgot about it when I really got into the novel.

    Thanks everyone for stoppiing by and leaving your comments. I really am glad you liked reading my review and I hope you come back soon.

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  5. Nice review. THanks. And I will certainly be back.

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  6. Phoebe - I just got my title for the second book. It's Dangerous Curves. I'll be turning it in on March 15 and it'll be out in October. I'll contact you again when it gets close. I do have an anthology out this summer, too. Maybe I can visit again. It's been fun.

    Shelly - Thanks for adding me to what I suspect is a large TBR pile. I was definitely a reader first and I still am. I hope you enjoy it!

    Meg89 - It's so strange to see my manuscript in the final copy. I've dealt with it so long as a sheaf of papers. So when I hold my book in my hands, it's quite satisfying.

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