Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Conquered in Cancun by KaLyn Cooper

Published & Release Date: Self-published, April 26, 2015

Time and setting: Present day, Cancun, Mexico  

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 129 pages

Heat Level: 2 Scorching Hot Flames

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

After a deployment romance that ended disastrously, Lieutenant Commander Caroline Hodges vows never trust another man. Joining her roommates for some fun in the Cancun sun, she runs into the lover who had dumped her in Navy flight school. A temporary, vacation fling may be perfect solution to her wounded heart. 

Luke Thorstad had been thrown into the limelight, and the arms of dozens of willing women, in flight school when he’d become an unintentional hero. His biggest regret, ever, was leaving Caroline Hodges in the shadows. Finding her in a Cancun night club was his chance at redemption, and maybe the future they’d been denied years ago. But he’ll have to break down the walls she’s built around her heart. 

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Vikki’s Musings

I couldn’t wait for this book to come out. I read the first novel in the series back in December and loved it! KaLyn Cooper has certainly met my expectations again with Conquered in Cancun. This is a novella to keep me and the rest of her fans patient for the next book in the In Cancun Series. I certainly hope the next book will be out soon because this one leaves me wanting more.

Caroline Hodges is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and flies fighter jets. She has just finished a nine month deployment and after being embroiled in a torrid love affair gone bad, she is ready to soak up the sun and relax. When she meets ‘Cool Hand’ Luke at a local night club, a man she had known intimately in flight school, she wonders if he might be what she needs to get her ex-lover off her radar.

Luke Thorstad remembers he had enjoyed the more than friends relationship he’d had with Caroline in flight school. Unfortunately, he had pushed her to the side when he had inadvertently become a hero back then. He’d had gorgeous women throwing themselves at him left and right and had let them go to his head. After seeing Caroline again, he deeply regrets letting her go. He owes her big time for treating their friendship so callously. The attraction he feels now is even stronger as it had been six years before. He had been an idiot!

Can he rekindle the fire and passion they had back then and turn it into a forever kind of love, or will Caroline stick to her plan of having a hot vacation fling?

Conquered in Cancun is a very fast-paced read and an enjoyable one. For such a short book the story is fully developed and very believable. One thing I always enjoy in KaLyn Cooper’s books—her sexual scenes are more than hot. In fact the ones in this romance had me fanning my face repeatedly.

Caroline’s character shows a vulnerable side, which considering her career is surprising, yet fits her character perfectly. While she is definitely a gutsy woman, she also has a softer side, which she shows when dealing with the adorable little girl, Addison from Christmas in Cancun. Their interaction added a bit of humor and several heart-warming moments rarely found in such an erotic novella.

I also loved Luke’s character. He has suffered a great many losses and yet, he doesn’t let them color his personality dark. He has picked himself up by his bootstraps, turned his lemons into lemonade and forged a new promising career after receiving a medical discharge from the Navy. He has a tender side which he shows over and over again. Again, I’m amazed at the depth of character development in this story, depth rarely found in a novella.

My only complaint, and it did not take away from my reading pleasure, is that I felt the ending was a bit rushed. Other than that, the romance is perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed Caroline and Luke’s love story and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a very sensual tale with a deeply emotional journey along the way. Happy reading!

Author Bio:

KaLyn Cooper's romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She, her husband, and bird dog live in Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she's not writing, she's at the shooting range or on the river.

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