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It’s an erotic thriller guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end!
Fortunately, Rose Harlow is tough too.
Leanna Harrow’s Killing the Desire is a fast-paced and enjoyable read, with a heroine who doesn’t take no for an answer, in her personal and professional life. She’s a law student, but not always going by the book during her own investigation into her mother’s case. And then there’s the blazing hot affair with the detective which could cost him his job–or Rose her life.
There were twists and turns in this book that I didn’t see coming (which as an avid reader of the thriller genre, I probably should have), which is always a plus.
I liked that even though Rose honored her mother’s wishes for her, and proudly so, she also dared to make different choices and trust her instincts. She takes control of her life and sexuality. Eventually, the pieces fall into place just like the pieces of the puzzle that is Becks Harlow’s murder.
Killing the Desire is highly entertaining from the thriller reader’s point of view (I read it in one sitting), but if you’re in it for the erotica, Harrow delivers as well.
When I started reading this book, the first thought out of my mouth was “WTF”!!!! The beginning is a part that just seems to drag you in and it makes you want to find out more. The twists and turns that Rose is feeling during the course of this book was so well written, that you couldn’t help but want to read more.
I really enjoy the real life aspects that Leanna puts in her book, the anger that Rose has towards her father for example. That gives the book a more personal touch. Just because this book has an erotic sense to it, that doesn’t mean everyone’s lives are great.
This book has enough twists and turns that it will leave you wanting for more. You will want to finish reading because you just have to find out what happens next!
Killing the Desire begins moments after Rose’s mom, Becks, is killed. We get to spend a few chilling moments with her murderer before meeting Rose and the rest of the characters. When Rose comes home to find her mother dead, she becomes determined to find the killer.
That’s when she meets Detective Dave Mason, and falls head over heels for him. After a sad family reunion and joyous funeral party, Rose and Dave have a six hour sex-athon. Then Rose finds some evidence on her mother’s laptop that pinpoints Dave as the potential murderer.
Is he the murderer? Well, I can’t spoil the plot for you, now can I?
The book shocked me from the very first line, but I only wish that level of tension continued throughout the whole novel. Right after the opening scene we get a few chapters of backstory before the plot gets moving again. I get that Harrow wanted us to understand Rose’s family, but it would have been better to get that as the plot continued rather than all at once.
>”Yes, Rose was a scrapper and you didn’t want to mess with her. ”
Rose is a spunky character. She’s not going to take any guff from anyone. While I liked a change from all of the weak and helpless female main characters I’ve seen in erotica recently, she’s still another stereotype. Fans of anime and manga might recognize her as tsundere, or the tough chick with a heart of gold. There isn’t much to her that wasn’t predictable.
The same goes for the rest of the characters. If you love perfect and beautiful main characters, then Killing the Desire delivers. Rose is smoking hot, with a great ass and boobs. Dave is a big hunk of rippling six-packs in a police uniform. Sweet. But if you like a little more originality in your characters, you may be disappointed.
The sex didn’t work for me. Many times It just seemed too unrealistic and rushed by too quickly. Rose was a orgasm machine, and even she lost count of how many times she orgasmed. It seems like she can cum at the drop of a hat. I wish I had that skill, but I am not so lucky. I do like that she takes the reins sometimes during sex, and doesn’t just sit back and let things happen to her.
>”Those gorgeous eyes fixed on him. Those gorgeous, brilliant, blue eyes! They were deep, soulful, kind eyes. They were mesmerizing and captivating eyes. ”
Sometimes the style in Killing the Desire could be a little rough. It could be repetitious, like in this quote. The dialogue often felt unbelievable particularly in the scenes with the police officers. But the scenes with Rose and her siblings were dead on in dialogue and feeling. I even found myself smiling and thinking about my siblings as I read these moments.
Harrow also falls into the old writer trap of telling when she should be showing. We get that the eyes are gorgeous. But show us how gorgeous they are, don’t tell us.
Overall, Killing the Desire was an interesting ride. There are lots of twists and turns that I can’t write about, and you’ll just have to read the book to find out. Although there are certainly some areas for improvement, it can delight some lovers of mystery with a bit of sexiness thrown in.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for my unbiased review.