by Kris Norris
Detective Scarlet Reid has spent the past three months trying to make her alter ego, Ms. December, a ghost of Christmas past. Forced to become the sexy centerfold in a high-stakes undercover assignment, she’s spent more time pulling copies of her naked butt off the bulletin boards at the precinct than she has collaring criminals—and it’s far from over.
A deadly agenda. A gruesome new case has revealed a disturbing trend—one that has placed Scarlet on a list of possible targets. With limited options, she’s going to have to resurrect Ms. December—and her old partnership—which means facing the one man who stole more than just a kiss.
A love worth fighting for. Federal Agent Roman Kinkaid has some explaining to do. His final assignment with Scarlet changed him, and he’s been running from her ever since. But he’s ready to make things right—only he’s not alone. His partner and lover, Special Agent Aiden Cross, is just as invested and determined as Roman is to claim Scarlet as theirs. And they aren’t taking no for an answer, especially when their souls—and Scarlet’s life—are on the line.
They have three weeks to catch the stalker before Scarlet’s time runs out and they lose their one chance at a happy ending.
Review by: Ramona
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
There are few stories as sexy and erotic as Centerfold, so much so that I'd like to read more of Kris Norris' work because this one book isn't enough.
Undercover cops have a tougher life than more people can imagine, even more when they're dealing with stuff like drugs where no one knows what could logically come up next. That's where Scarlett's life gets complicated as she poses for a skin magazine that is rumored to have illegal drugs flowing through its organization. She's pretty, sexy, and has the hots for her partner, Roman. More than a few things go under the covers when they have to prove their relationship to the possible source and while the mission was a success, there's a lot more that was damaged between the two of them.
Roman is a man on the run - from his life as a cop, from himself, and from his ex-partner Scarlett. He's always been attracted to his partner and tried to control himself for years to stay away. Then circumstances blew them apart just as things were getting interesting. But Scarlett needs him again, even if she's totally denying it, and he must man up and be by her side once more. He's brought someone else into the game, though. His new partner, Aiden, who shares more than a car and an office with him. Will that be enough to fool the criminals? Can he also fool himself?
Scarlett and Roman together were smoldering and now with Aiden thrown in, they're downright combustible. Their lust for each other practically sizzles and it's more than enough to get them into the skin magazine owner's mansion where, under the excuse of keeping his models safe, he's throwing a huge sleepover party filled with nonstop public sex games and competitions. The three must participate, of course, and it's getting harder to keep the line between work and reality, especially when the two men want it to disappear entirely.
Between the murders taking place like clockwork and the sexual tension between these three, the suspense is off the charts. While they're pitting their wits against the killer, they're forced to figure out just where their threesome is headed. There's no question that each would sacrifice everything for the other, the main problem is whether Scarlett and her men will trust enough not to run again.
It's quite obvious that there's tons of sex going on here in public and in private. What I truly appreciate is that it's not just wham-bam-next, it's an actual story going on behind the scenes. Yes, there's a killer and the undercover team needs to be reactivated to combat it, but the drama with Scarlett, Roman, and Aiden is palpable. PTSD fallout is acknowledged, there's guilt involved (and not overwhelming, simply coloring), and redemption is sweet.
One question, are there truly people as accepting as their supervisor? I found just that part a teeny hard to believe. Otherwise, Centerfold is a book I can read several times, because I can imagine stuff like that going on in the playboy mansion, and because Kris Norris penned a really, truly, hot book.