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10/01/2008 Archived Entry: "Novel Review: Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs"

Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs
Written by: Jina Bacarr
Published by the Spice Books Imprint of Harlequin.
ISBN-10: 0-373-60522-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-60522-4

Review by Kris

Breezy Malone was once a nondescript archaeologist who's only pleasure in life was digging around in the Syrian Desert. That was until she met Sharif. Sharif seduced Breezy with his dashing good looks and smooth personality. She thought that Sharif was interested in her when in actuality he was more interested in her newest find, a priceless artifact from the Crusades. It turns out that Sharif has ties to the al-Qaeda terror network and had planned on getting his hands on Breezy's treasure. He wanted to sell the item so he could continue his jihad. Sharif murdered Breezy's contact and framed her for the murder. All so he could get his hands on the item while she rotted away in prison.

Two years later, Breezy works as a covert sex agent with the FBI hunting down terrorists, especially Sharif. She's determined to exact her revenge. She made a deal with the FBI to help, but if she goes AWOL, she'll get sent back to prison.

While chasing down a lead, Breezy has a run in with a hot, buff dude with an eye patch, whom she nicknames the one-eyed-Jack. She finds herself sexually attracted to this man, but doesn't think too much of it. After meeting with danger at the hands of her contact, she is saved by the one-eyed-Jack. It seems that there is some sort of pull between these two and who knows what will happen between them, all while Breezy hunts down Sharif.

I will be the first to admit that I won't shy away from sex and romance in a book (hello, I read a whole lot of yaoi). But I was caught off guard at how sexually explicit this novel was. I don't mind a little sex if used in context of the story but Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs seemed to be sex with a little plot sprinkled about. I had a hard time caring for the characters. It seemed that sex was all that was on their minds. I do realize that this is a piece of erotic fiction, but there is such a thing as too much sex. I found myself distracted by the story being told from three different characters. Most of the story is written in the first person, which is from Breezy's perspective. When the point of view changes to either Caine (the one-eyed-Jack) or Sharif, it's written in the second person. When we jump from one character to the next I found myself more than a little annoyed. Not only that, but I found myself not enjoying the writing style. It reminded me of my own writing, which I absolutely hate the way I come across in the written word. It's choppy and it doesn't flow well at all. I couldn't wait for it to end. The only reason I finished the book was because I promised to write a review of it. I will tell you right now that I will not read through this book ever again!

I don't recommend this book at all. If you like sex with a story as the garnish, go ahead and read it, but don't pin any blame on me. I tried to warn you.

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