By Kenya Carlton
Charly Beaudliar has fooled many powerful men. Completely discounted due to her good looks, she makes for the perfect spy.
Unfortunately, FBI agent Leo Santos finds out the hard way that he can’t make the beauty do anything she doesn’t want to.
In desperate need to capture and destroy a man who obliterated his childhood, Agent Santos tries to enlist the femme fatale for help on a life-threatening case, a request Charly reluctantly fills.
Together, heady emotions collide on a mission that not only jeopardizes their hearts but also their lives, but Leo is determined to put his past to rest, even if it’s with the help of a woman he doesn’t trust and is not entirely sure he even likes.
AWOL from their bureaus, Charly and Leo are forced to rely on each other in order to right the wrongs from his childhood and catch one of the world’s biggest drug czars. With no room for mistakes, these two agents must squelch the soul-stirring chemistry between them in order to come out of the mission alive.
Sex, Sex, and More Sex
How much sex in a book is enough? Too much sex makes the reader feel as if there is no plot and too little makes the characters seem as if they’re not that into each other. In the day and age of Sex and the City mentality, what is the limit?
Candace Bushnell ushered in the era with Sex and the City where the main characters screw a lot and with several different men sometimes at the same time. This is not the way of the romance novel,especially historical romance. Back in the olden days,more than one suitor would get the heroine burned at the stake, which give us the only one solution, erotica. A genre that allows anything to go anywhere as well as the plot which often times goes straight to hell. I think most people just want candy for the mind and to get lost for a little while which makes erotica touchy in its execution (no pun intended); a fine line has to be established;otherwise, it’s just porn. In other words, Shakespeare is not invited into the world of erotica and if he was he would be forced to wear a cock ring while being well versed in the language of cunnilingus.
Chicklit allows women to own their sexuality and have more than one man within the plot line. Women libbers should be proud of the wiggle room chick lit provides their main characters. I’m pretty open to any good read, but I must admit some of the chick lit I’ve perused comes up short where the down low dirty sex is concerned and most the time glosses right over it. I find the lack of details strange but not that strange because for the most part mainstream fiction doesn’t want people to cheer for the loose-moral harlot. Those bitches may be dangerously close to breaking the glass ceiling while getting lots of good luvin like their male counterparts, and nobody wants that.
And that leaves us with romance. Romance wants one woman, one man, and a happily ever after. Is that realistic? Not at all, but that’s not the topic at hand. We’re talking about sex and most romance books allow 2-4 sex scenes, anything less or more is too little or too ridiculous. Quickies and make out sessions don’t count but depending how they are done, these tools can help the books’ love meter spike upwards toward hot. Smokin’ hot is only reserved for penetration which means the characters have a couple more times to do it before it becomes old hat.
Brazil by Kenya Carlton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
I was attracted to this book right off the bat because of the beautiful cover. However, the cover ended up not being relevant to the story at all, and the book fell short of my expectations.
This could have been a really good action-packed story with a large dose of romance thrown in. However, there were too many times that the story jumped from place to place, and I would get lost, and it would all just lose momentum for me. There were too many characters to keep track of, and towards the end of the story a major player resurfaces, and for the life of me, I couldn't remember him - and he was supposedly the best friend of the main male character. I think the story definitely would have flowed better and been easier to follow if the cast had been streamlined.
At the heart of the story were the two main characters of Leo and Charly, both determined to seek revenge on people who had wronged them. Kenya Carlton was able to make the two story line plot work, but both stories were so good that I wish they would have each been given more time to develop. Really, I wish that the two plots could have been split into two different books so that I didn't have to keep switching back and forth while reading. I felt like one was always distracting me from the other, if that makes sense. By splitting the two plots into two separate books, they could have really been fleshed out and I feel like the stories would have grown into something great. The idea was there, but the execution was a little lacking for me.
I loved the character of Charly. She is the epitome of a strong, alpha woman who don't need no man to take care of her. So, I sort of had a problem with how she allowed Leo to manhandle her. I know that they were supposed to have all of this crazy sexual tension between the two of them, but it didn't seem realistic to me. For 99% of the book, it seemed like they didn't even like each other - and the interactions they did have consisted of either them arguing or having sex. There was no gradual development of their relationship - no building blocks put in place to make the ending of the story seem in any way plausible.
Overall, the book was well written, and I did enjoy reading it. I just wish it would have lived up to my high expectations. I will definitely pick up another Kenya Carlton book and give it a try.
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Kenya has a B.A. in Mass communication, Television and Radio. She has fifteen years in production of television and film and five in television engineering. In 2009 Kenya Produced Dawn a short film and Executive Produced Destination Everywhere the pilot for a travel series through her production company Black R.O.K Productions established in 2008.