Seduction in Sierra Leone
By: Oliva Night
The Men of FTI, Book One
Heat Level: 3 Flames (Erotic Sensual)
RATING: 5 STARS
Reviewed By: Kristin Arpin
Aislinn, daughter of travelling parents who found herself orphaned in a foreign country, can’t seem to allow herself to feel comfortable settling down and fitting in. So she travels the world doing volunteer work, most recently building houses in war town Sierra Leone. Brandt, a former soldier turned mercenary who grew up on the streets of the same countries Aislinn travelled with her parents but saw a much darker side. Both have stumbled into a small war where they have no one to rely on but each other if they want to survive.
This was an intriguing story. The setting was one I hadn’t thought much of but reading this story, I won’t soon forget it. The gripping realism and the suffering of these people doesn’t make the news often but it should. Brandt owes a debt to the elder of the small village where Aislinn has been volunteering and he pays his debts. Nevertheless, he can’t take his eyes off Aislinn. Aislinn isn’t interested in the brooding man with the scars who never smiles but when he makes such an effort to get her attention, she can’t just say no. Then bullets start flying and they are running for their lives. Bodies are left behind. No one is safe. There is human trafficking, gun smuggling, war lords with protection rackets, and no one seems to care except this country’s innocent victims who are too poor and hungry to do anything about it.
These characters have a depth that is rarely seen in a romance novel. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect. The struggles they both go through trying to find the people they want to be rather than the ones the imperfect world made them is touching and heart breaking. I can’t recommend this novel enough.
In the mangroves of Sierra Leone, two strangers raised a world apart find themselves inextricably connected. Seduction in Sierra Leone, the first in a series of three novels, is a fast-paced tale of murder, lust, and love that transports the reader to a foreign and mysterious world of danger. Aislinn Salameh, an American relief worker, is searching for purpose in her self- imposed lonely world. The stranger who enters her village on a blistering hot day seems more animal than human. She knows she should stay far away but can’t stop herself from being drawn to the mysterious man. Brandt Fairlane is haunted by the sins of his past. Detached from others, Brandt has spent his life alone. His line of work is too dangerous for the luxuries of love and family. When Brandt sees Aislinn and her haunting eyes, he knows he must possess her. But when Brandt’s past comes back from the dead and Aislinn is caught in the crossfire, it is up to him to keep her safe. In order to survive, they must learn to rely on one another. As they run for their lives, the heat between them becomes undeniable. Now, Brandt must not only protect Aislinn from a madman committed to stealing her away, but he also must protect her from himself. Because if Brandt steals her body and her heart, he’ll never let her go.