Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review: Pushing her Boundaries by Julia Rachel Barrett

Pushing her Boundaries by Julia Rachel Barrett

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Maggie is done with men. Flying to Minneapolis, she’s seated beside the type of man she always falls for. A sexy, arrogant alpha jerk.

Mace Williams irritates the woman next to him. She's so damn sexy, he doesn't care. When their seatmate
suffers a cardiac arrest, Maggie and Mace team up to save his life, but it's too late.

In Minneapolis, Maggie heads to a restaurant with her sister, only to find Mace waiting. Worse, she learns he's the brother of her sister's fiancé.

Stuck in her sister’s apartment with Mace, Maggie offers him one night of sex, anything goes. No obligations, no recriminations. Mace agrees...he wants more than Maggie's body, he wants her heart.

Thrown into a disastrous canoe trip, they must work together to survive. Maggie must face her demons and trust Mace with her life. Mace is determined to save her, regardless of what the future brings.

Claudette's Review

On a flight to meet her sister and her sister’s fiancé, hospice nurse Maggie ends up sitting next to Mason (Mace) who she takes an immediate dislike to. He’s a doctor who is constantly on his phone and talking loudly enough to over-heard by everyone waiting for check-in. When the passenger next to her stops breathing, both she and Mason work together to try and revive him. But he doesn’t make it. Each of them is impressed with the other’s professionalism but Maggie is unaware that as they part, that they will meet again.

Mason is her sister’s soon to be, brother in law Meeting again at a restaurant, Mason does not bother to hide his interest in Maggie. Irritated and turned on, Maggie decides to give into temptation and offers Mason one night, with no holds barred. One hot night later and Mason is convinced that their single night of passion was not enough. He wants more than one night, and he refuses to allow her to keep him at arms length. When their matchmaking siblings -- her sister and his brother arrange for them to go on a canoeing trip, they end up relying on each other for their physical safety. Mason doesn’t merely push Maggie’s boundaries sexually, but shows her that he can be trusted with her love. I liked seeing Mason’s openness in acknowledging Maggie’s best qualities. He admires her bravery, resourcefulness, and calmness under pressure. But also he sees that because she has only had bad relationships with men, that she has good reason to be wary of him. The humorous parts of the novel with their hosts people who are clearly, nuttier than an English fruitcake was hilarious. This was an entertaining read, with an original storyline and great characterization.

4 1/2 Tea Cups!

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Julia Barrett said...

Thank you for the fun review! You did get the match-making sister and brother! Just found the review and it's a lovely birthday present! (Tomorrow)

Katalina Leon said...

I love Ms Barrett's writing. It's sexy, fun, descriptive but concise and the food scenes are luscious.


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