Julie Keaton is an attractive widow, raising two children on her own. It's a never ending challenge being both mother and father, but she's worked hard and is proud of what she's been able to provide for her children. She's never accepted the circumstances behind her husband's death. Was it a tragic accident or was he killed because he knew too much? Fate steps in when Julie's sister asks her for a last minute favor. Mardi owns a party specialty and catering business. Julie is to pop out of a birthday cake, do a little bump and grind, for an 85 year old senior citizen. It's an easy $200.00 for a half hour's work. Julie's favor turns into a nightmare when the banquet staff delivers the cake to the wrong party. The birthday boy is no geriatric senior citizen, but a virile, handsome male no older than 35. Scott Landis was losing interest in his surprise birthday party. His boredom is cut short when his special birthday gift arrives in the form of a sexy, blond stripper. It had been a long time since he felt this instant attraction to a woman, especially a female who makes her living entertaining men. When he gets hit in the face with a lacy red garter, he decides its time to have a little fun and wonders how much she would charge to celebrate his birthday in a more private setting.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 6th 2013 by Createspace
I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
This was a nice quick read for me that followed the usual formula of romance novel with some slight exceptions. There was the usual boy meets girl and instant attraction that one would expect in this type of book however that is where the similarities end.
Instead of the usual drawn out denial of attraction that can make these types of books nauseating the characters explored their feelings right away albeit slowly. There was not the expected jump in to bed scenes before getting to know each other in this story. I liked that and found it refreshing. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of steamy scenes however we get to know the characters first and it builds to the anticipation of the physical aspect of their relationship instead of what I find is too often building towards the emotional connection well after the physical has already been explored.
The other aspect of the story that differed was the family dimension that was added to the storyline. A lot of the story surround the children of Julie and Scott as they learn to build a life together. This was refreshing and added a bit more substance to the story. I also like the fact that the story did tow a little bit of a moral line with Julie and Scott refusing to succumb to their attraction with the children in the house. This added depth to the story and its characters.
For readers who like their stories steamy this does story has something for them as well. It also has the perfect male character to fall in love with. Seriously these male characters put the real life men to shame. No wonder we read so much ;-)
All in all this was an enjoyable romance with a little bit of depth. There were some interesting supporting characters which I believe will be the subject of a sequel or two. I will keep my eyes posted for the next instalments.
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