Necessary Force by D. D. Ayres
2011 SAUVIGNON BLANC
Lexi: Necessary Force has a great beginning! The heroine, Georgiana, is climbing out of bed. Out from under the sexy man she met at her photo shoot. Ayres describes his naked glory very artistically, exactly how Georgie sees him. What a great scene, and the rest of the novella keeps that same quality! I dare either of you to tell me you didn’t love that opening.
Crystal L: I have to admit that my brain stuck on "impressive equipment" and stayed there for a while, lol. But when I came out of my sexy coma I went back, re-read the section again and appreciated the visual treat that Ayers gave us even more. I loved that opening.
Lexi: A man in uniform can hardly get any better, until you add in a loyal dog. Our hero of the story, Brad, is a seasoned FBI agent. He is good at what he does and his partner, Zander, has a nose like no other. Brad and Zander do everything together, making them very close and able to read one another. The way Zander picks up on Brad’s nervousness around Georgie is sweet and makes you want to have a dog that protective of you. Brad or Zander, which would you want protecting you?
Crystal L: Honestly, I'd want the dog. While I really liked this novella, Brad's pretense into being someone else when he first met Georgie really pissed me off when we found out the truth in the second chapter. I would have loved if our heroine could have put Brad through the ringer a bit more for that falsehood. However, as twinsy mentions above, allowances have to be made since this is a novella. I think Ayers did a pretty good job of wrapping up the story plot lines given the length of the story.
Lexi: This yellow lab should have had more page time, well this whole story should have had more page time. Ayres has a great Romantic Suspense story to tell with very few pages. The suspense was plotted out well. A mysterious bomber, Georgiana having an internet stalker, and the torture of waiting for Brad and Georgie to get together. They do get together, this is a romance book but Ayres does it in a real life way instead of leaving them madly in love at the conclusion of the book. Were you satisfied with the ‘taking the next step to dating and being on the verge of love’ ending?
Crystal L: I agree with twinsy again. The action and suspense was plenty, the romance was a little lacking. I felt like if this had been a novel instead of a novella, Ayers would have had room to flesh out the relationship a bit. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the story quite a bit, but I wish this particular story had been a novel instead of a novella.
Lexi: Necessary Force is the prequel to Ayres release, Irresistible Force, coming in August. *Spoiler, we may just have to read this for our next Wine Club pick.* Ayres writing is descriptive enough to make the location come alive and strong enough to make you feel what Georgie is experiencing. If the next books are as good as this prequel we are in for a great new series!
Crystal L: I think Necessary Force was a fair start to this new series. I also think there is loads of potential for the next book to be far better due to more length in the plot line to show all aspects of suspense and romance. I'm really looking forward to starting the next book in the series because I'm a sucker for both a man in uniform and a man who loves animals. YAY!