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Swept Away
by Toni Blake
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Avon, 2006 (2006)
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* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

Ten years ago on her birthday, teen Katrina Spencer tried to seduce Brock Denton (who was twenty-two years old at the time), thinking he wouldn't be able to resist her. But Brock said no, and ruined what she expected to be her best birthday yet.

Now Katrina is about to marry Ian, a conservative accountant who works at her father's art gallery. Katrina has curbed her wild streak and is ready to settle down. She works for her father and creates beautiful pottery on the side, but she isn't happy. Instead of heading to Las Vegas for her bridal shower, she hides out on her family's private island off the coast of Florida, trying to sort out her life. No one knows she's there except her best friend.

FBI agent Brock Denton is at sea, working undercover, attempting to capture a ring of art smugglers who have been stealing Guatemalan artifacts and selling to private collectors. Unfortunately, carelessness reveals his true identity. His life in danger, he jumps ship and swims to the closest island. Of course he encounters Kat napping on the beach. Brock brings danger to Katrina's refuge, but does his best to protect her, as they hide from the pursuing smugglers.

Kat's feelings for Brock never died, while he - though he never admitted his feelings to Kat all those years ago - hasn't forgotten her at all. For five days, the two spend their time fighting their attraction to each other. Brock knows she's not a one-night-stand type of gal, and Kat does not want to ruin her upcoming marriage to Ian. But how long can the two keep their passions at bay?

This is a a well-written book. Toni Blake fills the senses with sights as well as sounds (including music) that enhance each scene. Though I felt the subplot that centered on Kat's mother - who was toying with the idea of having an affair - slowed the story's pace, I recommend Swept Away to those looking for a sensual romance.

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