Possession by Maura Seger
(Silhouette Intimate Moments #843, $4.25, PG-13) ISBN 0-373-37843-9
I really like Maura Seger's books. After reading Possession, though, I know that this is one of those times when my reading tastes aren't for everyone. I recognize that some people will be turned off by the chest-thumping hero and Little Mary Sunshine, the darn-near-perfect heroine. I know sometimes I was. What will make me remember this book fondly is the chemistry between the two. That chemistry translates to heavy-breathing sex scenes. The heavy breathing was mine.

Mac Donnelly owns one of the biggest construction companies in New York City. Working on a job, he spots his workers gathered around a woman as she serves lemonade. Seems that his construction site is next to a restaurant where Sabrina Giacanna is working, helping out while an ill family member recovers. There's instant mutual attraction, and Mac, an archetypal alpha hero, begins staking his claim on the spot.

These two immediately withhold information from each other. Mac lets Sabrina think that he is a construction worker, not the owner of one of the most prosperous firms around. He's tired of seeing dollar signs in women's eyes. Sabrina doesn't tell Mac that her father, who last name she doesn't go by, is the owner of another one of the biggest construction companies around. Why should she? Not one to brag or flaunt her wealth, she only wants to make it as a chef and has essentially severed, albeit kindly and temporarily, all contact with her father . . . who is Mac's biggest competitor. Simply put, Mac and Sabrina's father detest each other. Neither Mac nor Sabrina is aware of the avalanche of misunderstanding that's heading their way.

The story begins to fall apart when Mac sees Sabrina leaving her father's home. Mac, realizing now who Sabrina is, is immediately distrustful and angry. Why? Because she's guilty of the same thing that he is: being a private person. In fact, Sabrina is still unaware of Mac's connection to her father and will be until he tells her. Mr. High and Mighty immediately begins to plot revenge, and this time it takes on sexual overtones. Several times Ms. Seger mentions that Mac "almost" forgets Sabrina's treachery. Hogwash! The only treachery being committed is in his teeny-tiny brain.

I was pretty amazed at how much I wanted Sabrina to walk out of his life for a while and make him SUFFER. And beg and plead and cajole and suffer some more. It never happens. She forgives him much too easily and much too often. Pompous jerk. Analyzing how strong my reaction was confirms how good a writer Maura Seger is. She had my emotions churning.

The cover art threw me. Because of it, I really wasn't expecting Mac to be on a continual testosterone high. I don't want to believe the guy on the cover is Mac. He looks like an underage Lothario.

To summarize, Mac is a grade-A jerk; Sabrina is too Pollyanna to suit me; Mac jumps to conclusions much too easily; Sabrina should have made him crawl. The title is too indicative of Mac's feeling for Sabrina throughout much of the book. But......

While I know that great sex doesn't always lead to a great relationship or even a great book, reading about it can be enjoyable. Sabrina and Mac's physical chemistry was grand to read. However, while I cannot in good conscience quite recommend this book, I certainly liked the physical chemistry. Yes, indeedy.

--Linda Mowery

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