Title: Lucifer’s Choice
Author: Jianne Carlo
Rating: Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Keywords: Pirates, Runaway Bride
ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60737-923-2
Publisher: Loose Id, LLCReviewer: Cia
To avoid a pre-arranged marriage to one of India’s most eligible bachelors, Nalini takes a cruise to New Zealand, finds work on a ship, and hides out for two years. Pirates storm the ship, and Lucifer’s Hades Squad team rescues the crew except for the lone female engineer who vanishes. Then Lucifer, aka Sax Anders, is hired to find the runaway bride, the daughter of close family friends.
Nalini learns Lucifer’s in Santa Fe. Her teenage crush on Lucifer’s never wavered even though she hasn’t seen him in eight years. Now she needs to lose her virginity to avoid marriage--could the fates have been kinder?
Lucifer never loses his cool, never acts on impulse, until one sultry Santa Fe night when he beds a mysterious exotic beauty who seems vaguely familiar. Their shattering sex stuns Lucifer; he suggests another date. Nalini informs him she’s engaged. He’s outraged--she used him.
It doesn't get much better when he learns his mysterious beauty is also that runaway bride.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content and graphic language.
What a superb read! Once I read the blurb I was hooked. And then I delved into the story and got lost in it. The detail was great, and I fell for Nalini right off the bat. I thought her plan to seduce Sax was great strategy. I did fear for her wellbeing once he found out though. Sax surprised me. I love heroes who have a great sense of responsibility and honourable intentions. I adored that he wasn’t going to just let her slip away.Sometimes a girl just doesn’t know what’s really good for her, although she believes she knows best. Family can be very intrusive and unbending. I applauded that Nalini found her courage to voice her needs instead of running, and was appreciative to see that she did regret her solution to her problems, it showed tremendous growth.
Culture is a tricky thing, one’s laws and ways aren’t necessarily another’s. I definitely got a feel for traditional ways in this story and it helped cement it all in for me and I wanted to hug Nalini’s mother toward the end. It was great to see her communicate better with her daughter and to see how deep their relationship was.
I also found the team to be a well-oiled machine of males…that I can’t wait to visit. This is one read I’d recommend to others and I’ll be reading it again soon. I can’t wait to see the rest of this fantastic Hades Squad!