Posted by: Jennifer | January 18, 2009

Behind Closed Doors – Shannon McKenna

McKenna, Shannon. Behind Closed Doors. (New York: Kensington, 2002). ISBN – 9780758203199.

Main Characters: Seth Mackey and Raine Cameron

Related Works: This is part of Shannon McKenna’s series about the McCloud family. Books in the series include the following:

  1. Behind Closed Doors – story of Seth MacKey and Raine Cameron
  2. Standing in the Shadows – story of Connor McCloud and Erin Riggs
  3. Out of Control – story of Davy McCloud and Margot Vetter
  4. Edge of Midnight – story of Sean McCloud and Olivia Endicott
  5. Extreme Danger – story of Nick Ward and Rebecca Cantrell
  6. Ultimate Weapon – story of Tamara and Val Janos

Description from book:

Someone’s watching . . .

Surveillance expert Seth Mackey knows everything about the women his millionaire boss Victor Lazar toys with – and tosses aside. But Lazar’s latest plaything, Raine Cameron, is different. Beautiful. Vulnerable. And innocent. Just looking at her triggers a white-hot passion Seth can barely control as night after night, he watches her on a dozen different video screens. Raine is pure temptation, but Seth can’t slip up: he’s convinced Lazar had his half-brother murdered. His secret investigation – and his life – are on the line. But then he finds out that Raine may be Lazar’s next victim. . .

Raine knows she being watched – but no one can see the secrets in her heart. She has reasons of her own to seek revenge on Victor Lazar, and she will despite her fear – and the distracting presence of Seth Mackey. His fiercely masculine good looks and animal sensuality stir her fantasies when she’s alone. . . and lead her to a bold plan. Offering her body to him, surrendering totally to his ruthless desire, might well push her beyond all emotional limits – and beyond fear itself.

My Thoughts:

I am telling you that reading Shannon McKenna’s books are quite the roller coaster ride. There is so much action; there are so many twists and turns; and there are some seriously alpha heroes.  I love the characters – flawed men trying to overcome some seriously messed up life circumstances; yet men with deep familial bonds. The heroines are a bit more varied – some are rather innocent women who get caught up in bad situations while others are self-reliant women who can take care of themselves. Then, there are the bad guys – some seriously nasty men who use intimidation and fear to keep their underlings in line.

In Ultimate Weapon, Seth Mackey is looking for revenge against Victor Lazar and Kurt Novak for the murder of his brother Jesse. While investigating Lazar, Seth starts watching Raine Cameron. He believes that Raine is Lazar’s latest mistress. In fact, Raine has her own agenda. She doesn’t believe that her father’s death so many years ago was accidental. She has returned, in disguise, to see if she can find information.

Seth meets Raine while meeting with Lazar to discuss security for Lazar’s business. The attraction between the two is immediate. Raine decides to give in to her attraction. From this point on, the two are pretty much inseparable. Neither is entirely honest with the other, and this leads to some serious misconceptions later in the book. This is especially true when Raine’s true relationship with Lazar comes to light.

Overall, I liked this book – and enjoyed reading it. I enjoyed Seth and Raine’s developing relationship. The one thing that bothered me was the situation between Raine and Lazar. Lazar is a pretty nasty bad guy. In the course of the story, we learn that Lazar might be Raine’s father – Raine’s mother was not faithful to her husband Peter. Lazar takes this to heart. He is happy to have Raine working for him and wants them to have a relationship. Raine doesn’t seem to really know what to make of the situation. However, she is genuinely upset when Lazar dies. Really?????  I wasn’t.

Well, now it on to Davy McCloud’s story, Out of Control!

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