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23 March 2010

Book Review: Her Last Chance by Michele Albert

Title: Her Last Chance
Authors: Michele Albert
Publisher: Pocket
Publication Date: Feb 23, 2010
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 978-1416531401
Genre: Romance


From the Publisher


Compelled to leave the Dallas police force after killing a convicted rapist in a dark alley, tough and sexy Claudia Cruz becomes an operative with Avalon, a clandestine organization of mercenaries who recover stolen art. But her new career choice pits her against the darkly intense FBI agent Vincent DeLuca, who is determined that this time, Avalon is not going to beat out the Feds.


While Claudia seethes about this irritating man who gives as good as he gets, Vincent is discovering there's a fine line between love and hate. And though Claudia is willing to use their crazy-hot attraction to achieve her goals, she never intended they'd end up in bed together. She's always lived on the edge and flirted with danger...but this time the worst danger may be to her heart.

My Review:

The premise of Her Last Chance by Michele Albert is an intriguing one and well worth reading, however, I could not get past all of the sexual innuendos, tension, swaying of hips, and steamy romance to truly enjoy the plot of this novel. Albert's two main characters are Vincent DeLuca; an FBI agent in the Art Squad unit is of course the stereotypical, "tall, dark and handsome" and Claudia, a former police detective who now works for Sheridan, a rich financier of a group referred to as Avalon, a group of mercenaries who specialize in recovering stolen art. Claudia is described as not only highly intelligent but also very seductive and gorgeous, words associated with describing her often contain the words "breasts and hips". When Vincent does not want to arrest Claudia, he wants to engage in coitus with her. The relationship between Vincent and Claudia is fairly straightforward and predictable. Obviously, this was not a novel for me, however, that is because I do not enjoy steamy romances. The plot is a good one and well planned out and I believe readers who enjoy steamy romances filled with action, mystery and intrigue may indeed enjoy reading Her Last Chance.

About the Author:

Michele Albert is the author of One Way Out (available from Pocket Books), Off Limits, and Getting Her Man, which was nominated for Best Mainstream Novel by Romantic Times, who praised it as "sexy, sassy, and exciting" romantic suspense. She holds a degree in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan, and pursued the field until switching gears to become a full-time novelist. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children.

I received a complimentary copy of Her Last Chance by Michele Albertfrom Simon & Schuster as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



fredamans said...

Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Where you don't like all the innuendos, I get made if there is no heaving bosom within the first 50 pages. LOL

Great review!

Michelle said...

This is one I will definitely stay away from. I'm just not at all interested in straight-up romance/erotica. Not my cup of tea.

When I saw that this was the second in the Avalon series, I thought it had something to do with King Arthur and got all excited. Nope!