Notable Novellas #4

Hi...Thursday seems to be the hardest day of the week to fill content-wise for my blog. So I came up with a cute little meme called Notable Novellas This is the place to let the world know about those great "short reads". Please feel free to grab my Notable Novellas header or make one of your own and link back to me here. WTF Are You Reading? 
Temptation's Heat (The Shadowguard, #1) 
Title:  Temptation's Heat
Author:  Michelle Zink
Format:  Kindle
Publisher:  Swoon Romance
Rating:  5 stars
NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of LOSING IT, Cora Carmack says,"Before reading TEMPTATION'S HEAT, I wouldn't have thought it possible to create a paranormal romance with great characterization, interesting relationships, and strong world-building in only seventy pages. I'm happy to say Michelle Zink definitely proved me wrong! Scarlet was the ultimate kick-ass heroine. Rowen Black was nothing short of sinful, and I am so relieved that the Shadowguard world is continuing as a series. To put it simply: Worth. Every. Penny."

When Rowen Black is assigned to the elite unit of angelic assassins known as the Shadowguard, he thinks his biggest challenge will be overcoming his less-than-stellar reputation. But that’s before he meets his match in Scarlet Montgomery.

Beautiful, strong, and with a temper to match Rowen’s own, Scarlet is focused on the Shadowguard and her possible future as its leader. She’s become an expert at keeping her personal life separate from the Guard, all too aware that as the boss’s daughter, fellow warriors see her not as someone to be respected, but as someone to be protected.

Avoiding entanglements gets a lot harder when Rowen saunters into the room. Rowen puts the bad in "bad boy." Their connection is hot, visceral, and instantaneous.

When the pair are assigned to a joint investigation, they come face-to-face with their undeniable attraction, forcing Scarlet to consider that the connection is not only physical, but a destiny written in the halls of time.

My Thoughts
YA fans the world over know Michelle Zink for other-worldly Gothic YA thrillers such as PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS or the truly epic angel themed A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS.
I am thrilled to report that Ms. Zink has seen fit to stretch her literary legs by exercising her considerable creative muscle on the adult side of things.

TEMPTATION'S HEAT is the first offering in her Shadowguard  novella series.  This series brings together great characters and heart-stopping action,  both in and out of the bedroom.

The chemistry between Rowen and Scarlet leaps from the page, grabbing the reader by the hand and running away with their senses as the pages fly by. Though the romance found between these pages is hot enough to make the fires of any reader's passions flare; this is not  a story that is content to rest on it's romantic laurels.  The aspects of the plot surrounding the family and career related tug of war that is taking place within the Shadowguard ranks, and the mystery surrounding unexplained deaths of people with ties to the guard are just as well written as the romance and have no problem holding their own.  It is in fact the non-romantic backbone of the story that will provide this series with the longevity to which this first book alludes.

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