* Review * HARD DEAL by Stefanie London

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* Review * HARD DEAL by Stefanie LondonHard Deal by Stefanie London
Series: Melbourne After Dark
Published by Harlequin Dare on September 1, 2018
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five-stars

For one night only, Imogen Hargrove is a sexy spy. She’s donned a mask for the Carmina Masquerade Ball, where she hopes to catch her sister’s cheating fiancé, Daniel, in the act. But she’s the one who gets rumbled when she strays too close to her target—only to realize she’s been tailing the wrong man. A searing kiss makes her forget her mission altogether, and the mysterious stranger awakens something inside her: a burning passion she hasn’t felt since the brutal breakup of her last relationship.

Imogen is mortified to discover that the man behind the mask is her colleague, notorious womanizer Caleb Allbrook. He’s the last person she wants to get close to, and she doesn’t need another playboy in her life. But that kiss has her curious—besides, Caleb knows her sister’s fiancé and could prove very useful in digging up dirt.

She makes a deal: she’ll go on a date with Caleb in exchange for information on Daniel’s affair. But Caleb’s irresistible charm turns a casual conversation into a night of sultry seduction. Imogen knows Caleb is bad news—yet he makes her feel sexier than any man ever has. Can she pull herself away from yet another toxic relationship, or will Caleb prove there’s more to him than just sex appeal?

 

Stefanie London is the queen of sexy, flirtatious men with a heart of gold! She’s just delivered another winning heartthrob with Caleb Allbrook. He’s a major flirt, yet he’s kind to all and downright fun to watch interact with people. His humor had me grinning often, his sensitive side tugged at my heart strings more than once and his happily ever after melted my heart! This story has a section that takes place at the same masquerade ball as the first book in the Melbourne After Dark series, so you may recognize snippets of the plot, but we delve deeper into his and Imogen’s story. Really fun characters, several plot snippets going on to grab our interest at different times in the book and just an overall fun book to read. Really enjoyed it!

Imogen Hargrove never imagines a night of deception will turn into her own wonderland of sin, but that’s exactly what starts to happen! All she wanted was to sneak into the masquerade party of the year to spy on her sister’s fiancee Daniel because she’s afraid he’s cheating on her sister. The jokes on her when she realizes she’s following the wrong man and the guy she accuses of being a louse is actually her boss’s son, Caleb! A sizzling kiss between the two of them has her body reawakening from the deep freeze she put it into after a nasty split from her ex!

Caleb Allbrook is a ladies man, and he doesn’t deny it … but he’s not the man she thought she was following and resents her trying to push him aside when she discovers that. The kiss they share proves the sizzling attraction he’s always felt for her is no longer one sided, but can he get her to actually go out with him instead of continuing to hold him at arms length? It turns out he has an in with Daniel and promises to help her find out if he’s stepping out on her sister … but only if she promises him a genuine date!

five-stars

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