Bad Boys with Red Roses
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Bad Boys with Red Roses
Janelle Denison, Tina Donahue and Sharon Cullars
320 pages
May 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The three stories in Bad Boys with Red Roses all have reference to, unsurprisingly, men giving roses as a gift. In addition to this common thread is another similarity, that of rekindling an attraction or romance in the past.

STILL MR & MRS by Janelle Denison
In this story, a couple who eloped and then were separated after their wedding night meet again. Although the marriage was apparently annulled long ago, security expert Luke Kincaid is surprised to find his former wife, Rachel Hudson, looking for him. When they married, he wasn't good enough for Rachel's family. Now that he's made something of himself in Las Vegas, and now that Rachel's home situation is significantly different, do they have a chance of a future together?

Chicago Cop Sean Logan bids at an auction for a dinner date with Judge Cait Campbell, with whom he has unfinished business. Sean wants Cait to convince him they have a future together, and Cait has to decide what's really important for her.

THE INVITATION by Sharon Cullars
This story differs from the previous two in that it doesn't focus primarily on the relationship of the two main characters but follows a plotline where someone is out to kill Jeralyn Harris and she is protected by the brother of the man who's threatening her. Jerri had a relationship with Adrian Martins years before but then went off with his brother, Drew. Shortly afterward, there was a fire in which people died, and Drew was sent to prison. He's been released and is trying to get revenge on Jeralyn while his brother tries to protect her. Can Jeralyn remember the past, and can she untangle the mess with Adrian and Drew?

These three stories are all reasonable reads in the usual Brava tradition. The third story is slightly less satisfying overall, leaving many loose endings (why did Amil change his mind, for example, and what was the cause of his headaches), but it perhaps has a little more depth than the other two, which are mainly stories of reunions with plenty of sex thrown in. None of the stories are particularly memorable, but it's a reasonable enough read overall.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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