#BookReview: Pursued by the Rogue by Kelly Hunter

pursued by the rogueA no-strings affair between two dedicated professionals? It should have been the perfect solution.

Ugly duckling Dawn Turner doesn’t do relationships. She has her reasons and they’re good ones. But she can’t resist the magic in Finbar Sullivan’s touch, so she negotiates the next best thing with him. Scorchingly perfect, utterly casual sex.

World class musician Finnbar Sullivan always pushes the limits to get what he wants, and he wants Dawn. All of her. Love, commitment and a future together. So he reneges on the deal and composes a new one.

So what’s stopping her? And will Finn’s latest offer be enough to change Dawn’s mind?

From Tule Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a review.

The story starts with a 17 year old Dawn Turner meeting with 3 friends, essentially for a sleep over, which ends badly. 10 years later the 4 women meet again but it brings Dawn back into contact with Finn, who has never really forgotten her or his physical reaction to her.  Dawn has grown up into a successful, beautiful woman, but who has spent years erecting walls around herself to protect her from rejection.

Finn and Dawn start a steamy sexual relationship (and I mean *steamy*) but it’s when Finn doesn’t to let her go (and in fact wants to take it further) that she has to confront both her past and her future.

This is another decent, modern romance from Tule Publishing, one that covers some topics not normally occurring in the usual fare from this genre. It is on the graphic side of sexy, so not recommended for those who like their stories a little more platonic or with plenty of “fade to black”s.  The main characters are well defined, and the secondary characters are suitably bland – since this is the 1st in the “Fairy Tale of New York” series, I suspect that there are others in the series, and this gives scope for the other characters to be developed in subsequent books. I have read other series from Tule Publishing and have found this format works quite well, especially when the are multiple authors covering the series.

About this author

Accidentally educated in the sciences, Kelly Hunter didn’t think to start writing romances until she was surrounded by the jungles of Malaysia for a year and didn’t have anything to read. Eventually she decided that writing romance suited her far better than throwing sterile screw-worm flies out of airplane windows, and changed careers. Kelly now lives in Australia, surrounded by lush farmland and family, 2 dogs, 3 miniature cows, a miniature pig, a 3-legged cat and a small flock of curious chickens. There are still flies, but their maggots don’t feed on flesh. Bargain. Kelly is a USA Today bestselling author, a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and loves writing to the short contemporary romance form.

 

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