The Summary: Jenna Brooks writes grants for her parents’ research by day and erotic romances under the name Jade Johnson. Her life is nothing like the hot stories she writes–until someone tries to run her over. Luckily she’s saved by Riley Stone. Riley is working as a consultant with the FBI investigating Jenna’s new neighbor. He gets himself invited back to her apartment to plant a wire so he can hear what the neighbor’s corrupt associates are planning. This was supposed to be the end of his association with Jenna, but when the wire reveals his target, Evan, has an inordinate interest in Jenna, Riley must continue seeing the sexy writer, keeping her safe while he figures out what she has to do with Evan and his boss’ plans. The more time they spend together, the more attached they become to one another. But once Riley’s real reasons for getting close to her are revealed, can Jenna trust that their relationship means more to Riley than just a cover and a means to solve a case?
The short review: Hold on to your seats and your underwear! Genie Davis & Linda Marr has created a funny, sexy caper that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next!
The long version: A romantic suspense that can balance the romance and suspense in a way that keeps you turning the pages to see more of both isn’t as easy to come across as you would imagine. Some have too much downtime from the action and some don’t leave enough time for the romance to develop. This is not an easy style to write. Between the Sheets by Genie Davis & Linda Marr does a good job of balancing the action and the romance. Both the danger and the desire gets your blood racing in this suspenseful offering.
Jenna is the perfect type of heroine for this story and for Riley. She’s a smart woman with good instincts who makes smart decisions–most of the time. She knows when something isn’t quite what it seems to be, even if she can’t exactly put her finger on it. She doesn’t always listen to her gut, but her gut is usually right.
Riley tries to maintain some distance from Jenna and complete his job, but he’s completely captivated by both the warm woman he’s “dating” and her secret identity as an erotic writer. He’s so enamored with Jade Johnson’s books that he accidently quotes them to Jenna while on dates with her. He’s trying not to let his growing feelings for Jenna ruin his focus on the case.
While the suspense element of the story is strong and compelling, it’s really the characters of Jenna and Riley that drive the heart of Between the Sheets. I would recommend Between the Sheets to anyone looking for romantic suspense with a high octane romance and pulse pounding suspense with a practical heroine and an alpha hero with a sensitive streak (or maybe just a sensual/romantic one?).
Between the Sheets: * * * */5 stars