Archives for February 2018

* Review * SHOT ON GOLD by Jaci Burton

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* Review * SHOT ON GOLD by Jaci BurtonShot on Gold by Jaci Burton
Series: A Play-by-Play Novel
Published by Berkley on February 13, 2018
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four-stars

In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates--and go for the gold...

Will "Mad Dog" Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn't be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She's beautiful, ambitious and driven--everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.

Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she's competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing's going to get in her way--until she meets Will. He's an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.

But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.

 

What a great book to read RIGHT NOW! I had such a blast reading this book while watching the Olympic’s on TV and imagining such things happening there. The characters hook you quickly and the story line is sweet, sassy and competitive!

Hockey extraordinaire Will “Mad Dog” Madigan is extremely proud to represent the US in the Vancouver Winter Games and plans to have the time of his life while he’s there. He’s a friendly guy and the life of the party so it’s not a surprise that everyone wants to party with Will!

Figure skater Amber Sloane is back for her final attempt at bringing home the gold. She’s decided to make this third trip to the Games her very best, and meeting Will early on puts her on the right track. Their attraction to each other proves to be a bit of a distraction, but their early devotion to supporting each other’s journey helps keep them focused on what they’re really there for!

four-stars

* Review * PLAYING HOUSE by Amy Andrews

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* Review * PLAYING HOUSE by Amy AndrewsPlaying House by Amy Andrews
Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby #5
Published by Entangled: Brazen on February 12, 2018
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four-stars

Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties.

Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. And two months later, she’s got an even bigger surprise for him. Now he needs to convince the corset-loving wallflower that he loves her uniqueness if they’ve got a chance at forever.

He always did love a challenge…

 

Steamy and adorable! When the player isn’t so much of a player anymore, watching him find “the one” is super fun to see … and with his rep, she’s not buying it for a minute, and he’s going to have to earn each and every thing she gives him! Watching the mighty fall under the spell of a prim and proper bombshell is music to my eyes! They’re adorable together, spicy as all get out, and just a joy to watch get their happily ever after!

Wallflower Eleanor decides to take advantage of the fact that she somehow caught sexy Bodie Webb’s attention at a party. She’s had it with living the life of a spinster, and she’s going to live it up for once in her life!

Bodie is under her spell and loves it! But when he realizes he’s just slept with his best friends little sister, he knows heads are going to roll. But man … he really digs her! He’s in for the shock of his life a couple of months later … but he hopes he can convince her how much she’s been on his mind while they’ve been apart … and how much he wants her and only her!

four-stars

* Review * THE SPANISH MILLIONAIRE’S RUNAWAY BRIDE by Susan Meier

* Review * THE SPANISH MILLIONAIRE’S RUNAWAY BRIDE by Susan MeierThe Spanish Millionaire's Runaway Bride by Susan Meier
Published by Harlequin Romance on February 1, 2018
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four-stars

She ran away from her own wedding…

Now she’s falling for the man who must bring her home!

When heiress Morgan Monroe realizes nothing about her wedding is her own choice—including the groom!—she runs. But her father’s associate, Spanish millionaire Riccardo Ochoa, is hot on her heels, under orders to bring her home! Morgan knows it’s wrong to imagine a romance with this stranger, but why does being with Riccardo feel so right?

 

The runaway bride hits the jackpot! A really fun take on finding love when you least expect it. I didn’t quite connect with Riccardo quite as much as I did his cousin Mitch in the first book, but I did grow to like him as the story went on. It was fun to see some of the family from previously in the series again as well. Good characters and a satisfying plot!

Heiress Morgan Monroe has lived her life making the fewest amount of waves as possible. She loves her controlling father, and typically doesn’t mind doing things the way he prefers, but this time … she has to do it her way! She’s on the verge of marrying a man she doesn’t even care to spend her life with because it’s her father’s wish … but this good girl just went rogue and became a runaway bride!

Riccardo Ochoa doesn’t even know Morgan, but her father is one of the biggest customers for his cousin’s business, and there’s no way he can let that relationship fall apart while Mitch is away on his honeymoon! So he has to chase after a spoiled debutante and take her home to daddy … it’s not the end of the world … but when he sets eyes on her and starts to see that she’s not the airhead he was expecting, he’s not so sure he’s willing to strong-arm her back under daddy’s thumb!

four-stars

* Review * RULED by Anne Marsh

* Review * RULED by Anne MarshRuled by Anne Marsh
Series: Hard Riders MC #1
Published by Harlequin Dare on February 1, 2018
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four-stars

The Rebel vs. The Princess

Complete opposites who share the same burning passion!

Jaxon Brady of the Hard Riders MC has sworn to protect Evie Kent from a rival gang. His hard muscles and black leather motorcycle boots are a sharp contrast to the girlie dresses Evie wears for her successful party-planning business. Their instant attraction is magnetic, and their lust keeps them glued to each other’s side…but is it a dangerous distraction?

 

Opposites not only attract … they combust! With the kick off the brand new Harlequin DARE line, Anne Marsh introduces us to the men of the Hard Riders Motorcycle Club. They’re rugged and tough, yet loyal to a fault when it comes to their brotherhood. Club enforcer Rev meets his match when he stumbles across Evie Kent. They might be on opposite sides of the situation, but they can agree to disagree when it comes time to enjoy each other’s company. A solid plot and cast … looking forward to more in the series.

She’s a good girl just trying to earn a living … he’s a bad boy willing to do anything for his club. When Jaxon “Rev” Brady, the enforcer for the Hard Riders motorcycle club, meets Evie Kent he’s not sure what to make of her. Can he really believe she’s as sweet and innocent as she comes off, or is it all an act to protect her brother from his wrath? Evie wants nothing to do with the MC life, but she won’t stand by and watch her brother be bullied! Rev actually likes her, and he might even want to be with her but when her brother pushes things too far, he won’t let his feelings for her get in the way of club business … no matter what!

four-stars

* Review * UNTIL YOU’RE MINE by Cindi Madsen

* Review * UNTIL YOU’RE MINE by Cindi MadsenUntil You're Mine by Cindi Madsen
Series: Fighting for Her
Published by Entangled: Embrace on January 22, 2018
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four-stars

You might’ve heard of me, Shane Knox, the guy who rose quickly through the MMA fighter ranks, only to crash just as fast. No one cares about personal reasons when it comes to losing fights and money. I’m determined to get back to where I was. For you to hear my name again. I’ve finally convinced the owner of Team Domination to take a chance and get me back in fighting—and winning—shape. What I didn’t bargain for is the guy’s spitfire of a daughter. Factor in her two professional-fighter brothers who are acting as my coaches and the fact that my career hangs in the balance, and Brooklyn’s the last girl I should be fantasizing about.

The closer we get, the more I want Brooklyn. The stakes are high, and I know there’s a big chance of both of us getting hurt, but I won’t stop until she’s mine.

 

Forbidden love is often the sweetest! He doesn’t need the distraction, and she’s already got a life elsewhere … so why are they so drawn to each other? A fun story of falling for someone when you least expect it … even when you really don’t want to! The characters are easy to like, well developed and keep us hoping for a happy ending.

MMA fighter Shane Knox was heading to the top of his game when a personal issue took his concentration away and made the sport the last thing on his mind. Now he’s back and life is looking bright again, but he now has to work his way back up from the bottom … and this time carries the stigma of plummeting to the bottom not so long ago. He’s finally found a strong team at Team Domination to get him back into fighting shape and believe in him to get the job done.

Brooklyn Roth is begrudgingly back home for a few weeks before starting a new job. Her big brother guilted her into helping out at the family gym, and since he’s always been there for her, she couldn’t say no to the big lug. Supposedly her Dad wants to reconnect with her after years of a strained relationship, but based on the fact that he’s training someone for a big fight, she doesn’t see him taking his mind off of anything other than his sport … as usual. The last thing she expects, or wants is to start falling for said fighter … but as hard as she tries, she can’t deny the sparks!

four-stars

* Review * TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN by Diane J. Reed

* Review * TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN by Diane J. ReedTurquoise Mountain by Diane J. Reed
Series: Iron Feather Brothers #1
Published by Bandits Ranch Books on January 30, 2018
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four-half-stars

He's a fierce protector of his land and sacred heritage--and only a strong woman can capture his wild heart...

Dillon Iron Feather is dangerous and he knows it. Hardened by his championship fighting career, he returns to his remote Colorado ranch to heal, only to discover that city girl Tessa Grove is determined to stake her claim to the old mine she inherited on a corner of his land. Stubborn to the bone, Tessa soon digs up precious gems from deep within the earth to use in her custom-made jewelry business. But those stones turn out to be sacred, and sparks fly as they begin to guide her to the secret chambers of Dillon's heart.

Turquoise Mountain is Book 1 in the Iron Feather Brothers contemporary western romance series.

Iron Feather Brothers Series: Meet the Iron Feather Brothers--they're tough, they're dangerous, and family means everything to them. Whether it's living up to their ancestor's outlaw reputation or brandishing their own style of justice, these men have each other's backs. And it takes very special women to get under their skin and untangle their barbed-wire hearts in order to find love in this contemporary western romance series set in the Rocky Mountains.

 

Endearingly fresh! Diane J. Reed brings a setting to life that whisks us into the middle of this native culture without blinking an eye. I was intrigued by the first glimpse into the hero’s life, then the spunk of the heroine immediately had me smiling and settling in to enjoy this roller coaster of romance, sass and magical happily-ever-afters! I’m looking forward to more in the series!

MMA fighter Dillon Iron Feather walked away at the height of his career because he saw himself losing control. He wants only to be left to the solace of his peace and quiet around his remote cabin in Colorado. What better way to heal his soul than to reconnect with nature and his ancestors? He doesn’t expect to have that tranquility disturbed by a feisty city girl!

Tessa Grove is striking out on her own and following a dream that she’s been scared to allow to shine through! She inherited a mine at the corner of Dillon’s land and she’s bound and determined to tap it and forge her custom jewelry career from the treasures she finds. She doesn’t expect to be met with resistance in the form of a massive scowling man toting a gun and planning to fire first and ask questions later! When circumstances lead to Dillon aiding her in her quest, they soon realize the sparks between them are real and there’s going to be no ignoring them!

four-half-stars

* Review * THE LONGEST SILENCE by Debra Webb

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* Review * THE LONGEST SILENCE by Debra WebbThe Longest Silence by Debra Webb
Series: Shades of Death
Published by MIRA on March 6, 2018
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four-half-stars

A killer stole her voice. Now she's ready to take it back. Don't miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.

Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years--or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by a dangerous serial killer, wasn't something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.

But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She's finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can't deny he finds Jo compelling--he's just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer...

 

Heart-wrenching terror! Explosive fear brings a whole new aspect to Debra Webb’s Shades of Death series as we delve into a case that hits way too close to home for a familiar face. A totally different type of case than the first part of the series revolved around, but no less intriguing! Well-developed characters lead us through an intricate plot purposely laid out in a way to keep us guessing about who was is involved, what the reasoning is, and whether it will all end with this case or not. Really enjoyed the cameo and update from previous characters!

For eighteen years, Joanna Guthrie has remained silent about the nightmare she lived through in college. Being one of two girls that walked away from a horrible situation after doing anything they had to in order to survive basically ended life as she knew it and began a new one where she never spoke of what happened, and never again thought of the bright future she once basked in. Now she has no other choice than to finally speak up … because it’s happening again … teenagers have gone missing … exactly the way she did!

FBI Special Agent Anthony LeDoux isn’t sure what to make of Jo’s story when she first approaches him, but he can’t risk not believing her and things ending badly. Together they set out to follow leads based on what she knows from her captivity and what the current case is pointing to .. when too many similarities to ignore start occurring, they realize that they are truly onto something and power through to find the answers they all need … will they find the girls in time, or will history re-write itself in a way no one ever expected?

four-half-stars

* Blog Tour / Review * ABOUT THAT KISS by Jill Shalvis

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* Blog Tour / Review * ABOUT THAT KISS by Jill ShalvisAbout That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
Series: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel
Published by Avon on January 23, 2018
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four-half-stars

When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

 

Delectably sweet and oh so good! With the our latest trip to Heartbreaker Bay, we get to reconnect with all of the old gang and watch another couple fall into the throes of a passion that leads them to that happily ever after they both swear they don’t want. Joe Malone is sexy and tough and super protective of those he loves … but Kylie is independent as all get out and that protectiveness of his just might drive her crazy! When someone sets out to hurt Kylie, Joe steps in to help her get to the bottom of who is playing games and why. The story is easy to get hooked on and the characters are very enjoyable. Lots of drama to keep us on our toes, and a sweet love story to boot!

Tough guy Joe Malone takes being a protector seriously, so when he finds out that Kylie needs help with a threat, he’s there! So she’s mad at him that he didn’t call her after the super hot kiss they shared the other day … what’s a guy to do? He’s not the type to settle down and fall in love, and Kylie isn’t the type to deserve less than his all. She’ll have to forgive him … especially if he’s helping her … right?

Spitfire Kylie Masters is going to make that man pay for ignoring her if it’s the last thing she does! Like she can’t have a good time and walk away as good as the rest? HA! Let’s see how good he is at resisting her when she’s by his side every day as they set out on a mission to find her cherished piece of the past!

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THAT KISS 

When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

 

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EXCERPT:

Joe studied her. “I asked you once before, but now I’m going to ask you again. Is there something going on between you two?”

She tossed up her hands. “Why do you both keep asking me that about each other?”

His eyes narrowed. “I thought nothing was going on.”

“And before today, I could’ve passed a lie detector test on that,” she said.

“What happened today?”

She paused. Not because she had anything to be ashamed of, but because she wasn’t quite sure what had happened.

“Kylie.”

She sighed. “It’s nothing.”

“Try again,” Joe said and gave her the very male universal go on gesture.

She rolled her eyes. “Fine. He . . . finally made a move on me.”

Joe didn’t budge. Not a blink, not a muscle twitch, nothing, but she could’ve popped corn off the electric tension coming off him.

“Describe ‘made a move,’ ” he finally said.

She crossed her arms. “And again, how is this relevant to my case?”

He just gave her that careful stare again and she thought wow, those eyes of his should be registered as a lethal weapon, because she found herself opening her mouth and spilling her guts.

“He kissed me.”

“He kissed you.”

“Yeah,” she said. “Do you know that you often repeat what I say?”

“What kind of a kiss?” he asked.

She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”

He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head.

“There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.

Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly. “S-s-such as?”

“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.

At the touch of Joe’s mouth, Kylie’s brain stopped being capable of rational thought. His tongue gave a knee-weakening stroke against hers and she let out a shockingly needy moan as she clutched at him, fisting her hands in the material of his shirt at his chest. Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and look into her eyes.

“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”

He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”

“Just one,” she said softly. “Can I have another?”

Joe didn’t have to be asked twice. His mouth immediately descended again, his fingers sliding into her hair to change the angle of the kiss to suit him. It was a controlled, alpha thing to do, but she had only one thought—nothing about the usually carefully, purposely leashed Joe was in control at the moment.

And she liked it.

She had no idea how long they went at it because she was in absolute heaven. Who knew that the man could use his preferred silent mode to communicate in a way that she finally approved of?

Only when she was completely breathless and about to strip him down to his birthday suit did she manage to pull back.

“Any more questions?” he asked, also a little bit breathless, which was more than slightly gratifying. Dumbly, she shook her head. His eyes softened and he gently he stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “And FYI? Gib’s an idiot.”

 

 

ABOUT JILL SHALVIS

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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four-half-stars

* Review * HEADMASTER by Tara Sue Me

* Review * HEADMASTER by Tara Sue MeHeadmaster by Tara Sue Me
Series: Lessons from the Rack
Published by Berkley on January 16, 2018
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four-stars

The New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive novels delivers a scintillating new erotic romance, where two instructors redefine the phrase “teacher’s pet” . . . .

Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death.

Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried—but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle.

 

A tantalizing power play! Getting to know the people behind the dominant and submissive is a beautiful thing in this series by Tara Sue Me. We not only get to see two sides of the lifestyle, but we also get a steamy read! I enjoyed the characters, the storyline was bittersweet and packed a good bit of feeling into it and it was fun to catch up some with the couple from the first book in the series. Looking forward to seeing who’s up next!

Lennox MacLure might own the RACK Academy that is an in-demand dominant/submissive training facility, but he stopped living the lifestyle himself several years ago when his submissive Winnie died in a car accident following an argument the two of them had. He enjoys bringing fulfillment to others in making sure there is a safe place for them to learn, but he can’t bring himself to trust himself with someone’s wellbeing in his hands anymore.

Dance instructor Mariela was Winnie’s best friend and has been crushing on Lennox since even before Winnie met him and started a relationship, but he only sees her as an employee and friend. She’d give anything to bring to life the man that used to exude such confidence and power when he entered the room. She knows at this point that Lennox will never want her for anything more than she already is to him … but if she could just help him live his complete life again, she’d step aside and be satisfied knowing he was happy again. Will the plan she’s come up with bring the dominant out of him again or will it backfire and send him reeling deeper than ever?

four-stars

* Review * A WEEK TO BE WILD by JC Harroway

* Review * A WEEK TO BE WILD by JC HarrowayA Week to be Wild by JC Harroway
Published by Harlequin Dare on February 1, 2018
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four-stars

A daring game of temptation

She’ll play his game—but only by her rules!

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she’s done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the payoff could win her everything…

 

 

A tantalizing kick-off to the new Harlequin Dare line! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new ultra sexy line to see what it would be like, and I left fairly happy! It was a slow start with a little fear that it was going to be too laid back and not enough substance, but once the hero and heroine started to let their armor down and show their true selves, the plot developed well and left me liking them both and pulling for their happily-ever-after ending. Looking forward to seeing more from the line!

New Yorker Libby Noble likes her life on the stable side. She lived the wild and crazy lifestyle once upon a time and it didn’t work out all that well for her, so now she’s concentrating on furthering her career with a trip to London to speak at a conference.

Billionaire Alex Lancaster enjoys life in the fast lane and always gets what he wants. Libby doesn’t know that he’s had his eye on her work for  awhile and planned this little foray for her so he could request her assistance on a project that’s near and dear to his heart. When instant attraction sizzles between them, he’s more than happy to sweeten the pot with a fling!

four-stars