“I love each and everyone one of the Mccloud brother books. The twists and plots in this one are no exception.”Lizzie G wrote this review Monday, July 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the ten months since the brutal murder of his younger brother Jesse, Seth Mackey has been consumed with nothing but the need for revenge against Victor Lazar. Using his expertise in surveillance, he manages to get a job as Lazar's security consultant enabling him to infiltrate his enemy's den. Suffused with single-minded concentration to gather as much evidence as he could to nail his brother's murderer, Seth had another thing coming when Raine Cameron moves into one of Lazar's homes. Seth is mesmerized, struck by those haunted eyes that fail to hide an inner pain. He wonders how someone so beautiful and defenseless can get embroiled in Lazar's world. While he starts to feel guilt over spying on her, his obsession with Raine overcomes any moral qualm that urges him to stop.
Tormented by nightmares about her father's death, plagued by a relentless feeling that it was no accident, Raine Cameron takes a job at Lazar's corporation. Instinct and plaguing dreams tell her that Lazar knows the truth. As her quest for the truth begins, little does she know that she would find herself in the murky world of crime and espionage. The hunter also becomes the hunted as she unknowingly arouses the suspicion of Seth Mackey. If she had any worry that she may be in too deep to ever get out, the simmering attraction she feels for Seth confirms that both her heart and her life are now at stake.
I honestly didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. As I was reading through the first chapter, I thought perhaps this was part paranormal but I was wrong. Not that it was a bad thing for this turned out to be quite an enjoyable novel. Revenge is the main premise and the reason why the main characters came to be together. Both have their secret agenda and both are far from being perfect. From the outside, they couldn't be further from day and night. Seth is as domineering as she is meek. Yet their internal struggles are what bond them together and ultimately leads to Raine's self-discovery. And this brings me to where I thought this book was lacking. Their relationship needed further exploration beyond the physical aspects. I certainly don't have any prudish tendency to blush from pages of s ex scenes since I read erotica books; however, I felt that too much ink was expended on their romping instead of developing their relationship better. We know that it is a norm in any romance novel for the characters to quickly fall in love, yet I wasn't fully convinced here. It wasn't consistent with Raine and Seth's character. It was hard to believe that these two people who have serious trust issues could fall in love in a mere few days. However, there is something about these two that keep the tension alive throughout the novel. Their flaws almost served as a magnet to draw me into their world and I was actually interested to see how the story pans out in the end.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was a good enough read to keep me interested in Shannon McKenna's other novels. However, a warning to those who are expecting a romance novel to beware as this is more erotica. If you like your romance saccharine, stay away as you will be disappointed. ”
“Tja, what can I say? It was good, but some things I didn,t like:
To much sex, to solve problems,...Seth was to much obsessed with sex and hard with it!
Raine was a sweet girl, I liked her a lot!
Sometimes I had the feeling that it was difficult to read, to much to much,..
just like the warrior from Nicole Jordan, So good, but difficult,.....
I will buy ( maybe) the second book, or the one of the last,...but all of them? No,....”
“What can I say about Shannon McKenna? She is great. I've read every book of hers and they all ROCK! The McCloud Brothers series are fantastic! ADULTS ONLY!”Rachel D wrote this review Tuesday, September 30, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What can I say about Shannon Mckenna... She knows how to get it done!!! ADULTS ONLY!”Dawn D wrote this review Tuesday, September 23, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was the first in the McCloud brothers series, but Seth isn't one of the brothers. I liked this story, but the alpha male Seth annoyed me at times.Over all it was a fun read. ”Roz wrote this review Thursday, June 19, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In 2003, I was blown away by Behind Closed Doors especially since I am not a fan of romantic suspense. "Behind Closed Doors is very much a non-typical romance novel! The author dedicates almost as much time to the mystery as she does the development of the leads' relationship. There are highly charged sensual scenes that come close to overshadowing the underlying romance. Yet, if we watch closely, we see both the hero and heroine as highly vulnerable. The book encompasses a great deal of maturing for both leads - especially the hero. Raine Cameron is looking for her father's killer. She has taken a job with her uncle's company to hopefully find his killer. Seth Mackey is looking for this brother's murderer. He is a surveillance expert and is watching Raine's uncle's company because he believes he will discover the murderer within the company. Thus, we find Seth, on the opening page of the book, spying on Raine and finding himself closed to obsessed with her. The leads meet early in the book. Seth and Raine are good at keeping secrets from the other. But as their relationship develops they each open gradually and expose the despised vulnerability that lies deep within the other. Seth was a little too mean to warrant Raine's love. Initially, Raine allows herself to be pushed around but gradually we see her becoming more assertive. Nevertheless, there are still times you may roll your eyes and wonder "Why is she allowing this?" The hero certainly takes his time in becoming a nicer person but it is his ruthlessness that carries many of the sensual scenes. These sensual scenes rate about a 4.5 out of 5 (see More About Me for rating guidelines). If I had a choice, I would rate this book 4.5 stars instead of 5. My reasoning is based entirely on the time dedicated to the growth of Seth and Raine's romantic relationship. Although the murder mystery was somewhat better than you find in most romance novels, it still took too many pages. The couple's relationship had a good base and capacity for growth that is never amply explored. Overall, certain scenes within the book are too powerful to warrant less than a five star rating. It is certainly one of the spicier books I have read and you definitely have to be a reader that appreciates a type A, dominant male lead. The heroine does knock him off his all-powerful pedestal more than once but he always climbs back up on it. On the whole, this is a fun, entertaining read that I will keep to read again. This author is new and I expect many good books from her in the future. She somehow has developed an intriguing edge in Behind Closed Doors that is difficult to define, but captivating none the less." ”Lea AAR wrote this review Thursday, June 12, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay, so I'm thinking that maybe half this book is filled with nothing but sex--wild, tender, drawn-out, quick, no-nonsense sex. And yes, I'd admit that I grew a little tired of it after a while. Without a doubt it teteers perilously towards erotica.
In the risk of being stoned by feminists, I confess that I found Seth Mackey's near-obsession with Raine thrilling. I mean, really...what woman in her right mind would say no to that kind of man?? It didn't hurt that he's also intelligent, drily outrageous, and possessed of a rusty kind of heroism he didn't know he possessed. And Raine is that indecently gorgeous woman you SO want to hate out of envy but just can't 'cause she's actually very likeable (damn her!)--her adorable unselfconsciousness, her grace and level-headedness is the perfect counterpart to Seth's volatile character.
Chock-full of suspense and riddled with drama and wrenching human turmoil all around, Behind Closed Doors is one of the few contemporary risque reads I've really enjoyed.”