Up In Flames: Body Heat/ Caught in the Act

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Lori Foster’s Up In Flames was two stories combined to create an anthology. So there will be two parts to this review. Here is the summary provided by Goodreads:

Body Heat
The last person Melanie Tucker wants to find herself trapped with on a party boat is her nemesis, Adam Stone. As always, he’s too smooth…and a bit too sexy for comfort. But when they both fall overboard—and wind up stranded together—Melanie just can’t resist all the delicious body heat smoldering between them….
Caught in the Act
When a robbery goes bad, undercover cop Mick Dawson can’t believe Delilah Piper (aka mystery writer Lela DeBraye) was just in the wrong place at the wrong time—and neither do the perps. The only way to protect her while he investigates what really happened is to stick with her 24/7—and try not to fall for the object of his investigation!

I seriously enjoyed “Body Heat.” I thought this was an interesting story about unrequited high school love and the growth that two people can make in ~6 years. Melanie was the rich girl, the town socialite. The one that had all the money and the parents that controlled her every move. Enter Adam, the bad boy from down by the lake, who never had any money and worked his way to the top. I’m sure we’ve heard this story before. Anyways, I really enjoyed seeing them work together as they were both thrown from the boat and forced to survive together on a deserted island. There were finally able to connect without technology getting in the way, or even themselves. I liked that they connect first through talking and later evolved the connection into sex.The one thing I didn’t like was the fact that she kept insisting on buying him the resort without acknowledging his thoughts and emotions.

As for the sex scenes, I say they were super hot, hot, hot! Lori Foster never fails to deliver great sex scenes. They are more than just sex, it’s a connection between the two characters that grows their relationship. It allows them to vulnerable with each other for a period in time. Overall I give this a 4 out of 5.

Now for “Caught in the Act”. This was an interesting novel. It was not my favorite from Lori Foster, but it was still written very well. A robbery occurs and Delilah and Mick are both caught, only Mick is vice. It was interesting to read the robbery, however Delilah was an interesting character but I could not relate to her. She was crazy, out-there, and really adventurous. She would do crazy things so that she could write about in her novels. I’m just not that type of person. So i didn’t really understand her character very much. I was very wary of her personality and how she expressed herself. She was very honest and to be quite blunt they started their relationship really fast. I didn’t quite like that part. I wanted more of a build up between the characters.

As for the sex, it was great. Lori Foster always writes great scenes. However, the doctor says no sex until he heals and suddenly the next day they have sex. It was just not as great as her other novels. I wanted more depth between the characters. Overall I give this novel 3 out of 5.

Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5. It was not bad. I enjoyed reading it. I could not put it down. However, there were some things that I personally did not enjoy. I cannot wait for her new fighter series.

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