Maximum Exposure
Alison Kent
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Maximum Exposure (SG-5 Series)
Alison Kent
320 pages
December 2008
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Private investigator Finn McClain's home - and favorite getaway - is in the Florida Keys. His very simple goals are to complete the additions and renovations on his home, but for that he needs funds. When he gets a call to do simple surveillance on the owner of Miami’s Splash & Flambé, Finn agrees willingly. Lucky for him, owner Olivia Hammond sees him at work and enlists his talents as photographer for some very unusual high-priority shots.

Undercover DEA agent Roman Greyle (aka Roland Green) is manager of menswear at Splash & Flambé. Unbeknownst to Olivia, her shop has been the transaction and storage site for some of Miami’s biggest drug stashes. Roman’s job: find out who is filling in everyone on the drug chain hierarchy before DEA comes in for the official bust. The trouble is that the danger levels are rising and lives are being threatened. If Olivia finds out - or Roman is identified as DEA - the whole year’s worth of operations will be forfeit, as will the bust on all the bad guys.

Olivia’s unusual approach to life includes exhibitionism, and that's the primary objective to the artistic photo shoots Finn is responsible for preparing. Capturing Olivia at her most alluring and exotic requires more creativity than what Olivia thought was necessary. As the shoots progress, the flames of desire and emotional need begin to encompass both Finn and Olivia, pushing their relationship to levels far beyond the professional.

Finn finds himself housed in the upper rooms of Splash & Flambé as the shoots require more and more time. His PI skills are always switched on, and when he catches on film a midnight rendezvous between Roman and an unknown man outside Flambé, the questions why bubble to the surface. Olivia doesn’t know why these two would meet at such a time, and at her shop, but her trust in Roman is firm.

It is unfortunate that when major catastrophe hits Olivia’s life, the first person she attacks is the only person with whom she has any real connection. Realizing her actions were heartless, cruel, and selfish may not be enough to save what little she has left of her life. Will the sum of her life end in regret and loneliness?

Alison Kent is the author of the SG-5 series, and this is a slight segue away that. Finn McClain is supposed to be connected to SG-5 through family, but aside from one brief mention of the fact, the remainder of the book is its own entity. The characters are not entirely likeable; neither is the story absolutely phenomenal, but it is passable. Compared to other Kent books, Maximum Exposure focuses much more on the erotic relationships and marks new territory for the writer.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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