Point of Combustion

Author: Dawn Ryder

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: May 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: EBOOK

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Mia Kerstin has spent her entire life being lectured over and over about family honor and tradition and remaining chaste until she can marry a nice Asian boy.  She has endured a constant stream of young suitable men her parents try to entice her with.  With an independent mind of her own, Mia finds the men less than what she desires.  In fact, Mia has a secret life, a life her parents don’t know about – a life where she is allowed to express her desires and be the woman that she wants to be.  Thanks to her best friend Cambria, Mia has spent some nights stepping out of the mold her family expects and being the woman she yearns to be during the day.  Finding the lover of her dreams would help, and imagine her surprise when Trace Kocourek walks into her life. 

When a persistent enemy sets his sights on Mia because of her involvement in bringing a thief to justice, Trace is given the assignment of keeping her out of harm’s way.  He keeps telling himself that he can do his job better if she is within arm’s reach, but Trace knows that is just an excuse.  He wants Mia much closer, in his arms, forever.  According to this ex-soldier, Mia’s compliance with this decision is a done deal; or so he thinks.


Whether she is writing futuristic, historical, or contemporary I know when I pick up a book penned by Dawn Ryder I am going to be treated to a well written and utterly enjoyable romance.  Mia is the type of heroine that I rarely see in erotic novels.  She is from a well-to-do family with moral values that have been ingrained in Mia since she was born.  Her desire to break the pattern set by her parents makes her heroic in my eyes and I see how she struggles with the fact that she may disappoint her family.  Trace is simply dreamy.  He is brawny and sexy, and his protective instincts made me shiver. 


POINT OF COMBUSTION is a satisfying and decadent read. Dawn Ryder continues to be a favorite author of mine and I eagerly consume everything she writes.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Natasha Smith

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