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Posted June 3, 2013
This was a fun, romantic read with just the right touch of steam
This was a fun, romantic read with just the right touch of steamy sex and angst. Hollywood costume designer Candace has been a no work and no play for over a year when her best friend since childhood who just happens to be the latest big name in Hollywood's leading men asks her to commit to a marriage with him for at least the next five years. The caveat? No sex. Just as she agrees to this her grandfather is injured and she must rush to his side. There she meets Oliver, the groundskeeper for her grandfather's winery. Also the sexiest man she's ever met. The chemistry and sexual tension between them is off the charts. Of course, for their own reasons they both try to fight the inevitable with a few negotiated and very heated concessions until they finally give in to their libidos.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Leslie Kelly has once again given her fans a great story. This one about friendship, family, loyalty, doing the right thing, and most of all love. In the end I closed the book with a happy sigh and a smile on my face.
Posted April 28, 2013
Kelly does a masterful job with her retelling of Lady Chatterley
Kelly does a masterful job with her retelling of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. How do you turn a story about cheating into a story that really isn’t about cheating? By adding a couple modern day twists, of course. Candace (the heroine) isn’t actually married yet; simply engaged to her gay best friend Tommy. Tommy is a mega-movie star / action hero trying to avoid the tabloid rumors that he’s gay. He believes that such rumors will kill his action star career. He convinces Candace that five years as his wife with an amicable divorce will solve all his problems.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Before they announce their engagement she is called to her ailing grandfather’s bedside. Grandpa has bought a winery in northern California, despite knowing nothing about wine. After he falls off the porch and breaks his hip, Candace goes to take care of him. While there she meets Oliver, a former Orange County prosecutor who left the DA’s office after whistle-blowing on the DA and his colleagues. The winery is a way to get away from his past and determine his way forward.
Not surprisingly Candace and Oliver hit it off: though not immediately. Their first “meet cute” involves her throwing pots at him when he surprises her in the kitchen of her grandfather’s house. The scene is deftly written and makes you laugh out loud. It also brings to mind Jenny Crusie’s heroine Agnes. Both characters also see the humor in the situation and it brings them together quickly.
As this is a Blaze, time is of a premium. The story isn’t very long so it must move at a fairly fast pace. Kelly keeps the story moving. I really wanted more backstory on both characters, but I like backstory. Even so, they are well-developed and likable. This is more of a snapshot as opposed to a full-blown character development. That’s okay, though. There is enough to satisfy your curiosity about both characters.
The resolution of the story ties things up in a neat bow, while leaving room for future books involving these characters. I really hope there is at least one more book because the Tommy story is not fully resolved. However, the seeds of the resolution are planted early so there is not a deus ex machina feel to it.