Friday, September 24, 2010

Review: Telekinetic Kisses by Shara Lanel

Telekinetic Kisses by Shara Lanel

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Undercover takes on a whole new meaning south of the border where things turn hot, spicy and deadly in the blink of an eye.
Casey Summer's bad day begins with a limo crash and ends with a pink slip from both her boss and her boyfriend. But in a flash of perfect timing--or suspicious coincidence--winning a raffled trip to Mexico eases the sting.

Agent Parker Nelson is having a bad life. A workaholic with high blood pressure, he finds himself assigned to a bogus babysitting job somewhere in Mexico. But there's a lot Parker doesn't know about his darling charge, like why everyone seems to be after her and why so many things crash or fly when she's around. Her file is marked “need to know” and he’s been told he doesn't need to know. In addition, he’s to keep her in the dark about his identity as a federal agent.

As his undercover assignment heats up, Parker has to elude not only the bad guys, but his distracting and dangerous desire for Casey. Far from a relaxing respite from his real job, this assignment is turning out to be nothing like what the doctor ordered.

Denise’s Review

I really had no idea what to make of this book based on the description. As I find myself drifting toward stories that are more contemporary rather than paranormal or science fiction, “Telekinetic Kisses” offered a solid premise that highly appealed to the contemporary-romance lover in me, as well as just enough science fiction to keep me guessing.

Casey Summers has possessed a strange ability her entire life. When she was young, she and other children with “special talents” were studied and investigated by the government. Her ability earned her an FBI file, and the sort of international recognition a girl could do without. Ditching her loser boyfriend, her job, her roommate, and hopefully her problems, Casey takes a sabbatical in Mexico, where she is unwittingly accompanied and babysat by Special Agent Parker Nelson. Between kidnappings—both actual and attempted—Casey and Parker come to appreciate each other for reasons not at all pertaining to their status or jobs, all the while outside forces keep trying to pry Casey and her power into the wrong hands.

Stylistically, the novel is fairly well executed, though I did grow somewhat annoyed by the constant POV shifts in mid-scene. Also, for a girl with telekinetic ability, Casey found herself in quite a few sticky situations wherein I would think she could handle herself, even if her ability doesn’t always work in her favor. For me, the palpable tension between Casey and Parker was what kept the story moving. Ms. Lanel undeniably has talent putting two people in a strange situation and keeping things hot and edgy. The progression between the two main characters from strangers to acquaintances and onward kept me on the edge of my seat. Their romance starts off slow and steadily builds upon itself in a way that struck me as completely believable for the situation. If you pick this book up, expect fireworks.

3 ½ Tea Cups!

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