Author: A.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes, all that is needed is a woman’s touch…
Torrance Monroe couldn’t be happier. She has landed her dream job as a botanical scientist for the Parks and Wildlife Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her specialty will be the conservation, study, and propagation of the native plants that have fascinated her since her earliest memories: the Venus Fly Trap.
Dominique Black isn’t happy. As a Wildlife Officer, he has been working at the grass roots level to save the endangered traps from poachers looking to make a quick buck. It is gruelling work, with the majority of offenders going unpunished. How could a scientist with zero experience in the field help him when even the law was failing?
The two are at immediate odds even though they share the same underlying passion for the plants…and each other.
However, after a well-known poacher harvests traps from one of the local swamplands, Tori and Dom must set aside their differences in order to catch the criminal and keep the remaining plants from being harmed.
In the process, Tori learns to rely on the mysterious Venus Fly Trap folk lore she remembers from her childhood. Dom learns to release control and have faith in another person.
The Venus Cure is a fast-paced, erotic, and lightly mystical, romantic suspense novella that centers around the serious issue of Venus Fly Trap poaching. The author chose the title based on five possible meanings. See how many you are able to discover!
In The Venus Cure, we meet with two characters who are at two different ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, there’s Torrance Monroe, who landed her dream job as a botanical scientist. She’ll have to focus on the conservation and study of the Venus Fly Trap, one of the native plants that has fascinated her for as long as she could remember. Dominique Black however, Wildlife Officer, isn’t too pleased with the scientist showing up. She has no experience in the field, and he fears she’ll be a liability more than a help. He’s worked day and night to keep the Venus Traps from poachers, and is very passionate about it too.
Although both characters are very passionate about the Venus Fly Trap, they’re quite passionate for each other too. I particularly loved how the book focused on this plant – I thought a book that brought two characters together based on their mutual love for a plant wouldn’t be that enticing, but I’m proved wrong. As Tori and Dom learn that they aren’t so different after all, and they learn to rely on each other, they form a mutual connection.
I’m not a fan of insta-love, so I enjoyed how the romance wasn’t that spontaneous here, but how both started off at odds. I liked both characters. They were three dimensional, especially Tori, and I felt like I could really connect to them.
The book had several erotic scenes. Those are tough to write, but the author did an admirable job. If you enjoy romance with a touch of mystery and suspense, then I would recommend The Venus Cure.