GLow World, $2.99
Romantic Suspense, 2015
“We Love Short Shorts” is the theme of this month’s TBR challenge, and I’m tempted to review a book with a guy wearing short shorts on the cover. I can’t find any in time, though, so I guess we will just have to settle for a more literal interpretation of the theme: shorter works. Not that Gennita Low’s Sizzle is mundane, though. Think of it as short but hot.
Jacob Travis and Lola Kalina are spies from different agencies in different countries. For the time being, their countries are sort of being all amicable with one another. No one is lobbing bombs, so that’s good. Jake and Lola have met several times, on duty of course. She’s the sexy sort of the spy, he’s more of the action hero type. The thing is, they are both in love, and when this story opens, they plan to meet and vanish together. I tell you, when spies want to get in it on, they do it with style. However, the Russians in Ukraine are causing trouble, so they may need to do a little more work before they can get their happily ever after.
Shorter works are often tricky, because the author has to do the balancing act of being concise, straight to the point and being entertaining. Sizzle has practically everything right. Okay, the romance is presented in such a way that I must accept that the two are already in love and everything from that point is just getting the happily ever after. I’m fine with this, as this is, after all, a short story, and getting to the end is likely more fun to read. The glimpses of these two falling in love in the past are enough to keep me wondering, and feeling a little wistful too. But the combo of sexual tension and danger is the author’s forte, and this one has plenty of tantalizing sexy-dangerous elements. Lola and Jake are two well-matched spies, with no need for the heroine to keep sending SOS for someone to rescue her, and that’s a big plus too.
I enjoy the story, I like the characters, and I’m like Rebecca Black going PARTYIN’ PARTYIN’ YEAH, FUN FUN FUN FUN, LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND by the time I reach the last page. I won’t mind at all if this had been a longer story, but for what it is, Sizzle delivers all the fireworks and explosions perfectly.