Wake-Up Call by Penny Dawn
Amber Heat
Contemporary / Interracial / Ménage
ISBN-10: 1-59279-612-5, ISBN-13: 978-1-59279-612-0
Reviewed by Cassie



Shontae Pepper is in a bind.  He’s stranded at a ski lodge after his car refuses to start, and because of the snow a tow doesn’t seem likely.  When he meets sexy Bianca, he’s instantly attracted, despite the fact that she’s white.  He finds himself agreeing to follow a man for her, and trying to help her, even though she is snobbish and rude toward him. 

Bianca has come to the ski lodge where her fiancée proposed to her to catch him in the act of cheating.  She enlists the aid of handsome Shontae and finds just what she expects.  After confronting the cheater, she flees the lodge, only to be driven back by the snow.  She spends some time with Shontae and begins to trust him somewhat, so she invites him to stay in the suite her fiancée reserved, with her on the couch and him in the bed.  Will Bianca find the courage to leave her bad situation for the possibility of new love, or will financial security win out?

I haven’t read a lot of interracial romance, but I’ve liked the ones I have read.  I also like ménage stories, so I thought I couldn’t go wrong with Wake-Up Call.  As I’d hoped, the story featured a great hero.  Shontae was sexy, understanding, kind, and all in all a good man.  Unfortunately, he seemed a bit too perfect for Bianca.  Though she had some tragedy in her past that somewhat explained her actions, overall she came across as spoiled, snobbish, and wishy-washy.  She did begin to grow up a bit as the book went on, but her transformation took too long and seemed rather abrupt.  The sex between Shontae and Bianca was well-done, but the ménage scenes were disappointing because they weren’t what I was expecting.  I really liked Shontae, and I think if I had been given a bit more of the story I might have liked Bianca more too.  The ending was just too quick for me to really believe they had a real relationship.   


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