Brian Armstrong has had it with dating selfish, demanding women. Heís wealthy, with a good body, and canít understand why he canít find a woman who will let him be the man in the relationship. Brian would love to have a woman who would let him support her, but not a gold-digger. She has to want to be with him, not just his money. After listing all the qualities he wants, he instructs his secretary to place an ad in the local paper.
Suzanne Montgomery is sick of the same old dating situation. She peruses the personal ads more from habit than interest. Then her friend points out the Wanted: Kept woman ad. Suzanne dismisses it as a ridiculous idea. Her ex-husband is in jail for domestic violence, and thereís no way sheís going to get into another relationship with a domineering man. But when the ad appears again the next week, Suzanne decides to give it a shot.
When Brianís secretary calls her to set up an interview, but wonít tell her who is advertising, she almost backs out of the whole thing. After several interviews, as well a video exchange, Brian suggests meeting in person. Heís got quite a few prospects to date and yet Suzanne intrigues him.
Things continue to go well between them, but Suzanne wants to maintain her distance from Brian. Finally Brian takes things into his own hands, and takes her away to a private island for the weekend. The sexual interactions are hot, and Suzanne discovers that submitting to this man isnít painful or humiliating. In fact, she loves it. Brian is also falling in love until they are interrupted by Suzanneís ex-husband, Sam Carlucci.
Brian has to figure out a way to rescue Suzanne from Sam without putting her into further danger. Suzanne is determined not to sit quietly while Sam is threatening Brian. She is a realistic woman and knows that Sam wonít leave either of them alive after he gets money from Brian.
If they survive, will their relationship survive as well?
I enjoyed this tale. It had suspense, hot steamy sex, and both the hero and heroine grew through the story. JW McKenna is very good at showing how what you think you want may be the worst thing you can get. I highly recommend this story, although there are explicit scenes with violence, and may not be for sensitive readers.
Reviewed by Nancy Riggins-Hume
for The Road to Romance
November 17, 2004