Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Rating: A-, 4 stars
What I’m Talking About:
Ningaloo Nights was my first foray into Tracy Cooper-Posey’s Go Get ‘em Women collection, but not my first journey into the page-scorching erotic romance that I’ve come to know and love from this talented author. With a heat index of 5 out of 5 (seriously, I was blushing IN PUBLIC while reading this one!), be sure the air conditioning is working, and the ice bin is full!
Amazon says this to-the-point novella is around 92 pages. When I was reading a PDF e-arc, at around the 85% mark, the story ended (I was wondering what was going to happen for the next 15-ish percent…) and there’s previews for other titles by the author… You’re warned Also, there was one oversight on a plot-point that annoyed me. This is the ONLY reason this title didn’t earn a 5-star rating. Aaannnddd… I can’t tell you what it is, because it’s spoilerish.
In the remote lands of Western Australia, Mason Hayward is a cool drink of water: refreshing, satisfying and craved every moment. While he keeps part of himself frozen and locked away from others, he definitely defrosts for Sherry! With a completely fractured and fragmented heart, Mason mourns a loss so great that he’s isolated himself from society. He hides behind a misplaced sense of responsibility, and has enough emotional baggage to fill a FedEx Ground truck. But, he’s hot. Incredibly built. And is tender and compassionate. Seriously. He’s the perfect hero. One reason why I love novellas. We get to see chinks in the armor, but don’t have to go through the whole nasty flaws-to-redemption thing. The inner conflict we saw within Mason was enough to make the plot strong and character-driven.
Sassy New York cop Sherry Abandonato watches the search for her missing sister heat up even more than the Australian wilderness in February. And she has no desire to put out the flames. I thought that the author’s choice for Sherry’s last name was interesting. I thought that Sherry had abandonment issues early on in the story. With the major losses she’s suffered in her life, and now searching for her presumed-dead sister, she should probably be a blubbering, hysterical mess. Not so. As spunky as Sherry is, she is able to give herself over to the care of Mason-the-hottie. And she’s clearly choosing to let him be her guide on the quest to figure out what happened to her sister as well as in SO many other ways. Mason frequently brings up that Sherry is hiding behind a shield – and I’ve just got to say this – it was one of the best parallels I’ve seen written in a while. Hiding behind her badge – a shield – as well as the emotional wall she’s built – another shield – was beautifully orchestrated and expertly executed.
The chemistry between these two is OFF THE CHARTS. From the first time they met, lady-parts were manipulated **wink*wink**. There’s D/s, light bondage, and toy usage (read the author’s warning at the end of her blurb) which was incredibly hot, used to further the relationship between the couple, and depicted the D/s relationship in a consensual, positive manner that highlighted the mutual respect and trust necessary for mutual pleasure. I also (figuratively) died from the romance! Just. Wow. Tracy Cooper-Posey certainly brought together all of my favorites in Ningaloo Nights, a Go Get ‘em Women collection title, and for a novella, she was creative and included all those little things that seem to get lost in some full-length novels. Color me impressed, and hitting up Amazon for the backlist of this collection.
4 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
About the Book:
To find out what happened to her sister, Sherry just has to go with Mason Hayward to the ends of the earth…oh, and give him utter control over her mind, body and soul.
New York cop Sherry Abandonato cashes in her savings and dashes to Ningaloo in remote northwest Western Australia to find her sister, who disappeared ten days ago. The only one with the skill to guide her to Derremawan is Mason Hayward, once an official guide with a reputation for getting people out of trouble, but now the town’s bad man.
In a searing afternoon of unexpected passion, Mason strikes a bargain. He’ll get her to Derremawan, if she agrees to go there with him unconditionally–on his terms and his conditions.
Sherry is astonished to find herself agreeing to the insane bargain, and worse, responding eagerly to the idea of three days of Mason Hayward taking charge under the hot Australian sun.
Warning: This story features multiple sex scenes, including anal sex, the use of sex toys and MF sexual play. Do not read this book if frank sexual language and sex scenes offend you.
No panties were seriously harmed during the production of this book.
Release Date: July 24, 2013 (second edition)
Series: Go Get ‘em Women Collection
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Book Source: Author