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Give Me the Night by Liane Spicer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Emotional tension, physical tension and conflict were all in the opening setup of this romance, just what I needed to draw me in.
Character development -- well done! And not only Naeva and Avery, but her cousin Dario, her lecherous boss, and the supporting characters at Naeva’s work. Naeva especially was a delight. Not once did she break character, even the few times I felt like grabbing her and shaking her, haha. She was always a stubborn, Caribbean fish out of water, settling in Miami, sometimes standing in her own way. :)
I liked the plot. It wasn't overly complicated, while more than enough to get me invested. Naeva and Avery didn’t make their way to “the promised land” without adversity, including one problem that I suspected was coming but still shocked me stupid when it actually happened. The only thing that bothered me a bit was expecting a certain “monkey wrench” to come out of the shadows that never, ever appeared though I really wanted it to, even though I did understand why. (Yes, I’m trying to be cryptic instead of spoiler-ish, and doing a terrible job of it. Lol~)
Tension was aplenty. And I’m not just talking about the danger. The sexual tension was tangible even when it was subtle. For example, when Avery stood at his car and watched the back of Naeva as she purposely walked away from him, I was in dire need of a tall glass of ice water. *whew*
Point of view -- perfect. Omniscient, but I never got lost.
Overall -- The use of languages and dialects was well done, never over the top. The love scenes fit the story, built nicely in intensity and satisfied my palate (read: smoldering). I enjoyed this romance and the island “flavor” in its Miami setting. Liane writes what she knows, and in my opinion, she does it well.
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