The Black River by Philippa Grey-Gerou
Heat Sheet Samba
Phaze
Contemporary Romance/Adventure
ISBN: 1-59426-606-9
Reviewed by Tanya

   

 

Kerri Jackson is a freelance journalist who is on a mission.  Not only does she want to see the real Amazon she also wants to capture it for her readers.  As she is ready to head off on the ferry to her destination in on the Rio Negro a man on the docks piques her interest.  This man is Angel Cordoval and he wants nothing more than to see the ferryman put out of business.  He sees what Kerri is trying to promote as one of the biggest evils to befall the Amazon region in years.

He reluctantly agrees to show her the real Amazon and share his beliefs with her.  He takes her to a few of the local villages where she is revered as a princess as her skin is darker than many of theirs.  She is also drawn to Angel more and more as she learns more about him.  What will happen when her time is over in the Amazon and she has to go back to the US?

Freelance journalist Kerri is looking for her niche in life in The Black River.  She thinks she has found it reporting eco-tourism but is shocked to find she might be hurting the environment more than saving it.  The Black River is a very well written fast paced romance story, with lots of detail paid to both sides of the eco-tourism topic.  While the romance was hot I also learned things about the tourism topic.  I think the author did a wonderful job of marrying a serious topic and an erotic romance at the same time.  I was surprised as to how rushed the love scene and follow-up seemed to be, especially with the detail taken for the first 2/3 of the story.  But that being said I look forward to reading more from this author.

     

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