Romance

Terrorists and temptations

 

Nauti Temptress. Lora Leigh. Penguin. 336 pages. $15 in paper.

Fans of Lori Leigh’s “Nauti Boys” series can settle in for another visit with the MacKay Clan. Leigh takes readers back to Pulaski County, Ky., where homegrown militia-style terrorists are still plotting against the federal government.

The series seemed to end once the cousins — Rowdy, Dawg and Natches — and their friends were all happily married. But the story continues, though this time the tale centers on the Nauti Girls, or Dawg’s four half-sisters. Leigh does a good job of providing the back story without bogging down the books, so readers unfamiliar with the series shouldn’t get lost.

The sisters are brought to Kentucky by the erstwhile Homeland Security honcho Timothy Cranston. The family is left adrift when the government seizes the assets of Dawg’s late father, who was a major player in the militia. It’s a fast story, and although it includes Leigh’s trademark sex scenes, they are secondary to the main theme of family loyalty. Eve, the eldest sister, finds her loyalties divided when Dawg demands that she stay away from Brogan Campbell, an undercover Homeland Security agent, who may be a traitor who trades in military secrets.

But Brogan has been living as a permanent boarder at the bed-and-breakfast that Eve’s mother operates. There’s an undeniable chemistry between Brogan and Eve, and they are inching toward acting on it. Of course, this being a romance they ultimately find a way to be together, and this being Pulaski County, Ky., there’s some terrorist action thrown in, too, which makes Nauti Temptress is a fun weekend escape.

Jean Marie Brown reviewed this book for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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