Monday, 15 March 2010

Review -Their One and Only © Trista Ann Michaels

Their One and Only

Author: Trista Ann Michaels

Publisher: Loose Id

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Main Characters : Sam and Tyler Warren & Kaycee Alcott

Sam and Tyler are criminal profilers for the F.B.I. They're also identical twins with an unusual connection, one that has left them with a bleak hope for ever finding love. That is until they meet their next assignment: Kaycee.

[Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: ménage (m/f/m) with twins sharing a partner without being sexually involved with each other, violence.]

 

Giving him her best grin, she turned and headed to the dressing area to gather her things. It wasn't unusual for models to take things from shoots. Some designers even expected it. At the makeup counter, she sat in the chair and reached for a moist cloth to clean her face. She'd sent her assistant home over an hour ago, since the shoot had taken place so late. No sense in both of them being bleary-eyed for the runway rehearsal tomorrow morning.

With a tired sigh, Kaycee wiped away the mascara and dark lipstick, then brushed out her dark brown curls, securing them on top of her head with a scrunchie. Now that the shoot was over, fatigue began to sink in. Her bed was what she needed. That and about fifteen hours of uninterrupted sleep.

She'd never thought about being a model until an agent from Sloan Modeling approached her at a coffee shop just off the NYU campus. She'd been nineteen and skeptical.

At first, the shoots had been a way to pay for her college tuition, but then assignments began to come in so fast, she hadn't been able to keep up with her classes and had to drop out her senior year. She had enough money invested now, she could quit modeling and go back to school if she wanted. The only problem was, she didn't know what she wanted to do anymore.

"No doubt about it," she murmured, giving herself one final look in the mirror to make sure she'd gotten all the makeup. "I'm definitely in a funk."

Standing, she slid her arms into her coat and prepared to go out into the cold parking garage. Her fingers brushed over her scarf, and a sad smile tugged at her lips. The scarf had been her father's--the only thing she had left of him--and she never went anywhere cold without it.

With a tired sigh, she wrapped the scarf round her neck. There's no point in thinking about the past and what should have been. She was on her own now, except for her best friend and assistant, and she needed to accept it.

She grabbed her overnight bag, stuffed with her clothes from earlier, her makeup, and her hair rollers, and headed out of the studio. "Good night, guys," she called as she walked past Jean Claude and his assistants.

"Do you want me to walk out with you?" Jean Claude asked.

She shook her head. "No. I'll be fine."

"All right," he said and waved. "Good night, then. I'll send you a set of the proofs."

"Thanks, Jean Claude," she replied with a smile. "You're the best."

"Of course, I am," he teased. "That's why I get the best girls."

He winked and she laughed as she pushed the door open with her hip. A cold blast of air hit her as she walked across the parking lot toward her car, a sunburnt orange Chevy HHR. She'd tried to be smart about her money, investing most of it for when modeling was no longer an option. She didn't need the flashy car or the huge house. Security was more her thing--financial security for her future.

The cold night sky was clear, the stars sparkling above her like twinkling lights. Stopping at her car, she took a moment to breathe in the fresh winter air and admire the horizon.

A sharp pain in her thigh made her gasp, and she turned to see a man looming over her. Fear tightened her chest as he held up a needle, his eyes shining in triumphant glee. She raised her hand to shove him away, but her limbs felt heavy and her hand tangled in the wool of her scarf. In confusion, she tugged, making it fall to the concrete.

Her heart should have been hammering, but it seemed to slow, along with her thoughts. Fatigue deepened as the warmth of the drug spread through her body. No. She couldn't let this happen. She couldn't let him do this.

Taking a step forward, she latched on to his black coat as her legs wobbled beneath her. He just stood there, watching her with dark eyes full of hatred and loathing. Why would he hate her? She squinted, narrowing her gaze on the wool covering his face. She tried to lift her other hand as her vision blurred even more. Time moved in slow motion as her body took on the consistency of concrete, unmovable and cold. Her heavy lids closed and she fell into a deep darkness, too numb to even be afraid.

* * * *

He watched as Kaycee slowly slid to the ground, her fingers still clutching at his jacket. He'd waited months for this opportunity. She was a hard person to catch alone.

His cock twitched in his pants as he imagined all the things he'd do to her. All the other women had just been for fun, honing his skills, curbing his hunger until he caught his one true target.

Kaycee Alcott would pay for turning her back on him, for leading him on, then running like a scared rabbit the first time he tried to kiss her. His lip curled. He'd kiss her this time and a hell of a lot more.

Their One and Only © Trista Ann Michaels

Review

I came across this book the other day on Laurie’s blog (Bitten By Paranormal Romance). After reading Laurie’s review I needed to read this story – after all it had a stalker, it had kidnapping and it had mad smut, what’s not to like.

Before I get into my thoughts let me sum up the story as the blurb is definately on the thin side. Kaycee Alcott is a model and she is having a good time doing what she is does and still relatively happy about the decision that she had made years ago to give up school and do full time modelling. However the seed to start shaping her own life is niggling at the back of her mind and she is starting to look at her options.

After a shoot which ends early and feeling good about the day – she ends up getting kidnapped. A few harrowing and intense scenes then follows in which she manages to escape but in doing so she ends up with two FBI agents who are committed to keeping her safe until the kidnapper is caught.

Sam and Tyler are the agents in questions and they have the gift of being able to get inside the killer and his victims head and because of this they have been an invaluable asset to the Bureau.

Kaycee is their current victim, only in this case Kaycee is not only a victim, one of the brothers has made a deeper connection with her than even she realises.

The other little quirk with these two brothers is that what one feels the other will ultimately feel – so falling for Kaycee was more or less a given. Two things stand in their way of thinking happy families however… The kidnapper is not giving up on HIS target and the brothers are their own worst enemies, as they have been there and done that with other woman, none has been up to the challenge of handling them – can Kaycee.

THEIR ONE AND ONLY was a sort of topsie turvy read for me. One of the reasons for me wanting to read this book was the whole stalker aspect. There was the kidnap scene itself which I thought was well done – very edge of my seat stuff. However that was the only hands-on scenes with the stalker, the book veered more towards the developing relationship between the trio.

Don't get me wrong Ms. Michaels didn’t not let me see the kidnapper, she just gave me enough to let me know that he was still alive and still plotting – however I love a more direct feel of the evil that is coming, so that aspect was well below my expectation.

There was also Kaycee’s attitude to the kidnapping that was a bit too accepting to be realistic for me – I like a strong woman in a book and more over a kick ass one at that – but being kidnapped, seeing your death steering you in the eyes is not something I expect any heroine to jump back from in five minutes.

Despite those little niggles the author got alot of it right for me and THEIR ONE AND ONLY is a book worth picking up.

What worked for me:

The little spin that the author gave to the twins with their psychic nature – I love the connection and difference as well.

They were identical twin and with almost the same psychic nature, however Ms. Michaels shaped them. I knew Tyler and his more accepting ways different from Sam who was like a broken record with his stand offish attitude.

The smut was  good – and there was alot of it.

I thought the dialogue was well justified, as all the players had questions and issues about making a relationship of three work and even if  such a relationship was worth it.

Nice touch with two of the craziest animals that I have read about in a long time – Well placed comic relief.

 

Bottom Line.

Not an overly long book, this was a one sitting read  for me – and as much as I personally had niggles with the stalker aspect I ended up liking this book over all - alot.

 

 

10 Speak To Me:

Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) on 15 March 2010 at 16:14 said...

Glad you liked this one. I wanted to ask the Jaycee Clark books that you had and I wanted to get. Did you get them from the publisher? I can't seem to find book three, I had bid on ebay for book three, but I had to stop at 26.00. I can get the rest at B&N.

Smokinhotbooks on 15 March 2010 at 16:20 said...

Since I'm a identical twin I find it hard to read about menages involving twins. My mind just can't "go there". I may have to set aside my eww-iness and pick this one up :)

Erotic Horizon on 15 March 2010 at 16:57 said...

Hey hon ..

I have had my set of books since they were originally release - so a few years..

I think there is a Kindle version - but only if you live in the US..

I know the print is still available form New Concept Publishing..

I will look at the Ebay as well..


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Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) on 15 March 2010 at 17:09 said...

Thanks EH- I will keep looking. I checked New Conecpt Publishing they have all but #3 hope they get it in. I can't wait to read these, every review I read they are nothing but positive.

Blodeuedd on 15 March 2010 at 17:42 said...

There they sure used the letters of the title to cover things up ;)

Erotic Horizon on 15 March 2010 at 18:02 said...

@KC..

I think you would like this - I was quite impressed with the psychic thing she did with them...

And the smut is not icky at all in that respect... very good to be honest..

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Erotic Horizon on 15 March 2010 at 18:02 said...

@Laurie ..

Let me know when you are ready to start- I am always up for a re-read of this series..

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Erotic Horizon on 15 March 2010 at 18:03 said...

@Blodeudd..

How could I have missed that - very stategic word placing...

Good spot hon...

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Chris on 15 March 2010 at 22:42 said...

Heh, you already know I won't be reading this. :)

Erotic Horizon on 15 March 2010 at 23:23 said...

@Chris..

I know hon - this is not your cup of tea...

Thanks for the support.. as always.

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