Nauti Intentions is the 4th book in the Nauti Boy series. I've read the previous three, so it was no surprise when I picked this one up and devoured it. I'm a huge Lora Leigh fan and am amazed at her ability to write so many different series (The Breed Series, Tempting Seals Series, Elite Ops Series, etc.) In all of Miss Leigh's books you are guaranteed three things.
1. An extremely testosterone driven alpha male with a capital A.
2. Some serious sexual and emotional tension between the hero and heroine.
3. Lots and lots of action and suspense.
4. Oh, and one more thing, a well written story that keeps you turning the pages.
I must admit that there are many times when a very small part of my brain thinks, Marisa, "what up?" You are so not the kind of woman who gets into all this testosterone laden, bullets flying, 'I am man you are woman' kind of thing. But guess what? It seems I am. Sheds LeighAnd the reason I am is because Lora sells it, and I buy it. She sells it by making sure her heroines are not the kind of women who run away from the ax murder in high heels screaming at the top of their lungs and falling down in a dark alley as their high heels break before the ax swings upon their lovely necks. That is to say, her heroines are the kind of women who say 'I am woman, you are man'. Miss Leigh also has the ability to pull you in so you want more and you race to the end to find out not only who is behind whatever mystery needs to be solved but how two very strong protagonists will find a way to be together.
Miss Leigh always seems to stack the deck against her heroes and heroines and Nauti Intentions is no exception. The book opens with Janey MacKay (sister of Natches from Nauti Dreams) being drugged and held against her will by her father (a terrorist) and her aunt (a very twisted woman). She is rescued by her brother Natches and his friend Major Alex Jansen. Alex has wanted Janey since she was 17 - but being fourteen years older than Janey and a man of honor - he stays in the shadows and hovers sticking to the directive he has been given by his friend Natches - "watch over my sister, take care of her".
After being rescued Janey continues to live in her home town and run her family's restaurant despite the fact that she is shunned and gossiped about due to her father's terrorist activities. If that wasn't enough, she's being stalked. Yes, Miss Leigh gives her heroines many obstacles to overcome. And with the sexual tension and lust flying between her and Alex, and Alex continuing to be a man of honor and keeping his distance, she ratchets up the tension just a few degrees more. Alex certainly wants Janey, but her youth is a deterrent, it keeps him at bay. Janey wants Alex and is frustrated by his 'code of honor'.
I love that very clear and simple time tested dynamic between the hero and heroine. No fuss, no muss. I want you but I can't have you. Skilled authors like Ms. Leigh make this clean through line of tension come alive when the hero or heroine is a person in danger. With Janey being stalked Alex is not going to stay too far away from the woman he loves and will do everything in his power to protect her. This is where one sighs and says 'now you're talking'. And in that intense heightened sense of danger Janey and Alex find each other, they dance the dance. It's quick, sharp, passionate and powerful.