- Series: Arabesque
- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque; Original edition (December 25, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583142649
- ISBN-13: 978-1583142646
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art Of Desire (Arabesque) Mass Market Paperback – December 25, 2001
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Ms. Montgomery takes reader[s] on an exciting ride of emotions and passion, [w]ith the style and finesse of a veteran. -- Romance In Color, May 2001 (reviewing Rules of Engagement)
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When Phillip picks Alex up at the airport there's an instant attraction for both, but with Phillip still nursing a wounded heart and Alex declaring a moratorium against romance they keep their interest in check, however, a near fatal accident when leaving the airport further serves to spark their flame of interest and their date with destiny.
Phillip learns old enemys never die and his life as well as Alex's is in jeapordy, Atlas has enlisted him to not only keep Alex safe but return to Jafir to ensure the completion of a twenty-five year old mission. As the threat of danger heats up so does the heat between Alex and Phillip. I enjoyed going on assignment again with the ISA team, seeing the love between Raleigh and Adam growing, and witnessing the new found love of Phillip and Alex that they both needed and deserved. I look forward to reading A.J's story and since it's set in Jafir, I hope we see the new king again too. To learn more on Raleigh and Adam's story Rules of Engagement is a must read.
Phillip Thurman is an agent who was semi-retired until hired to protect the intriguing Alex Walton. Phillip and Alex are both battling old wounds, but their attraction sparks from the moment they meet at the airport. Not only is Phillip struggling to protect her from possible terrorists, but he also struggles to protect his heart.
Alex is unaware of her immediate danger and the suspense starts before they leave the airport grounds. One event after another finally lands them overseas, where Phillip and Alex battle over the truth. Phillip hones in on all of his agent skills in his attempt to save Alex's life. His greatest fear is losing her, like he lost his ex-fiance.
This romantic suspense is craftily written. Some of these characters overlap from a previous Montgomery novel, Rules of Engagement and the reader is not left disappointed. If the next book is as good as these two were, then she will have another hit on her hands.
I think that Ms. Montgomery is hitting her stride as well. This was a well written, engaging read from front to back. I've been away from the romance genre for a while, but Selena Montgomery's work encourages me to revist. Alex is no simpering wall flower, instead she's an alive, vibrant, intelligent woman. And Phillip does more than the sterwotypical tall, dark, and handsome hero who saves the day. I was able to see the characters and the action vividly and convincingly.
I cheered for the love that Alex and Phillip were finding in one another. Even after I'd closed the book I wanted to see more of the couple and share in their further adventures. What better way to leave your readers than wanting more? Selena Montgomery delivers, and how.
In "The Art of Desire", Selena seems to put more emphasis on romance than on the mystery. However, the book held my interest as much as the first one did. I guess I am gradually becoming a fan of romance novels. It must have been a case of me simply having to experience the right author.
I am eagerly awaiting Selena's next book. I anticipate AJ, as the main character, will get into some interesting situations. But she will have to have some awfully steamy scenes to top those we have already experienced with Raleigh & Alex. I am confident that Selena will "make it happen".
Makes you wonder where Selena does her research (and who is the lucky man who gets to share in that research). Sorry, I digress. Check it out. You will love it.