Review – Afterglow by Cherry Adair (Lodestone Trilogy #2)

 Pleasure with a price.


A high-profile celebrity wedding in Monaco is the kind of A-list event security specialist Rand Maguire excels at. Everything goes like clockwork, until guests start inexplicably losing all their inhibitions. . . .

Painful secrets from the past.

Rand is no stranger to the effects of Rapture. His chemist father’s attempt at a cure for depression caused Rand’s mother’s death years ago, and put his father away for her murder. Now, someone is circulating Rapture in a campaign of terror, intending to manufacture and sell it on a global scale. But with no leads, Rand feels the heat.

Passion with no limits.

Sexy Lodestone agent Dakota North is sent to help Rand kickstart his search, armed only with her uncanny sixth-sense. But what they discover in their race across Europe is more far-reaching and lethal than an erotic street drug. From a Barcelona bank heist to a million-dollar arms deal in Paris, Dakota and Rand giving in to an insatiable craving for each other in nights of pure carnal delight, no senses left untouched. No Rapture necessary.

The premise of this book had me laughing and intrigued at the same time, and because I enjoyed the first Lodestone story, I jumped at the chance to read this one too.  Ms. Adair’s brand of sarcastic humor and edge-of-your-seat adventures will pull you in and keep you there until the very end.  I finished the book in a day because I literally could not put it down.

Rand McGuire is in charge of security detail for a Hollywood couple’s wedding and someone has slipped an aphrodisiac drug into the champagne at the reception.  Though not so good for Rand, there were several laugh out loud moments for me while everyone is trying to figure out why they were ripping their clothes off and humping the person closest to them.  Call me cruel, but the fact that these high society people were mortified once the effects of the drugs wore off only added to the humor.  Rand is trying to keep everyone calm and has his men searching for answers when in steps a blast from his past that he is NOT happy about and wonders why his “friend” Zak (Hero in Book 1, Hush), creator and owner of the Logestone Agency, would send THIS girl of all his agents to assist with such a high profile case that’s already in the FUBAR category.
Dakota North is a Lodgstone agent with her own sixth-sense sent to help Rand. To say they have a rocky past is an understatement.   Since Rand never wanted to lay eyes on her again for what she did to him two years ago, sparks fly and not of the good variety.   However, Dakota is determined and knows she’s capable of helping him because the drug in question is one she worked to develop.  Dakota realizes immediately her feelings for Rand never went away and even though Rand ended their engagement, he never truly got over her either.   Not to mention, the whole lot of misunderstandings that ended their relationship, the man has serious trust issues and for half the book she’s not even granted the chance to defend herself.  He toggles back and forth and wonders whether or not she is actually the person trying to sabotage him.

Don’t you just love a tortured hero? 

In their quest to discover who is responsible for stealing the formula to manufacturing the unapproved drug developed for depression and turning it into a street drug with plans to sell it world-wide, their race across Europe can only be described as action packed with twists and surprises to keep you turning the pages or the “next” button on your e-readers. 
Again, the writing is superb, the hero is a yummy alpha, the heroine strong and likable, lots of steamy sex, and non-stop action.  What’s not to like?
Enjoy everyone!

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8 thoughts on “Review – Afterglow by Cherry Adair (Lodestone Trilogy #2)

  1. Adding this to my read soon list, I loved HUSH.

    Thanks for the review

  2. Thanks for a great review. I really need to go back and read Hush 🙂 Cherry’s on my wishlist!

  3. Great review! I haven’t read any of the “Lodestone” trilogy books yet but I’m adding them to my Kindle wish list…they sound like lots of fun.

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