Rachel Jennings is celebrating her thirty-fifth birthday when Wolfram O’Neill, a former Special Forces operative, saves her from drowning. Then Wolf lands a job at the company where Rachel works. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but their combined baggage and a work project gone wrong stands between them. If Rachel wants to secure her impending promotion, she’ll have to find a way to work with Wolf—and maybe lose her heart to him in the process.
SEX, ROMANCE, AND INDISCRETION is the perfect mix of romantic and steamy. Wolf is a trained combat expert and Rachel is a blue belt MMA fighter. Both of them are strong, opinionated characters. Their sparring (both physical and verbal) is captivating and their sex scenes are fun to read and contain some light BDSM elements, which will thrill adventurous readers. The chemistry between the couple (the heart of a good romance) is very well-written. The tale doesn’t rely on sexual tension to push its story forward, though. It’s filled with conflict. Rachel’s best friend is writing an article about Wolf’s final mission that could sink their budding relationship. Wolf is overwhelmed by feelings of guilt and suffers from terrible nightmares. Rachel is trapped in a relationship with her abusive coworker-turned-boyfriend. Rachel and Wolf are at odds over how to finish the big project that could get Rachel promoted (or fired). The tension and the stakes in this book are well-developed and keep the story moving.
Of course, SEX, ROMANCE, AND INDISCRETION does stumble into some of the pitfalls of the romance genre. The relationship between Rachel and Wolf develops alarmingly fast. Rachel has an unattractive tendency to be insecure around other women. Wolf is over-protective and has a violent streak that would be concerning outside of the pages of a novel. And yet, these flaws only make SEX, ROMANCE, AND INDISCRETION more fun to read as the romance of the story will sweep reader’s away and encourages them to embrace the power of love and fate.
Sean Develin has created the perfect mix of steamy passion and heartwarming story in SEX, ROMANCE, AND INDISCRETION, hitting all the markers of a great romance.
~Stephani Hren for IndieReader