by Shannon Curtis
Expected publication: July 25th 2011 by Carina Press
Courtesy of NetGalley
Librarian Maggie Kincaid yearns for excitement—but being accused of espionage is not what she had in mind. Wanted by the police, the FBI and the criminal element, Maggie goes on the run—and runs straight into sexy Luke Fletcher. Unfortunately, when Luke pulls out the handcuffs, it's not because he has something kinky in mind...Security expert Luke is intent on seeing the murderous spy known only as Viper brought to justice. The un-spy-like behavior of his fugitive makes him suspect he's apprehended the wrong woman. Just as they give in to lust, new evidence convinces Luke that Maggie's not as innocent as she claims to be. Devastated by Luke's inability to trust her, Maggie runs again. She's determined to clear her name, and if that means tracking down a notorious spy even Interpol can't seem to locate, then that's exactly what she'll do... 53,000 words
Viper’s Kiss is an exciting and quick tale of who-done-it with a dash of romance.
I really liked this novel; I enjoyed all the characters and found even the secondary characters interesting. The plot flowed quickly and smoothly with no potholes, a few light twists to keep you guessing. The romance was pretty light as well; it was there but not too intense. Well, there was that one scene against the fence… ;)
The attraction between the two main characters sparked quickly but progressed at a believable pace, there was a back and forth battle of trust between Luke and Maggie that added to the romantic suspense. There was also plenty suspense in trying to figure out the villain's identity and purpose.
A fun read that I’d recommend to contemporary romance fans looking for a break from the long, intense full length novels.
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses