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Library JournalBethany Willis and her foster brother, Jack, are staying in shelters while she looks for work. When she lands a job with a hotel caterer, she’s just looking forward to the promise of leftover food and a meager paycheck. Wealthy hotel owner Jace Crestwell frequently shares women with his best friend, Ash. He notices Bethany working at his sister’s party, and he feels an unusual surge of desire—and a surprising desire to have her all to himself. Before the night is over, Jace, Bethany, and Ash go to bed together, but when the threesome is over, Jace realizes he feels more than lust for Bethany and cuts Ash out, putting a strain on their longtime friendship. Banks’s (Rush) latest erotic romance is well written, with realistic dialog. The scenes in which Bethany and Jack’s childhood history is revealed are touching, as were those with the shelter volunteers. Narrator Adam Paul does a pretty good job with his interpretation of this book, though his breathy depiction of Jace during the bedroom scenes sounds a little like Clint Eastwood; his inebriated Bethany is more caricature than character.
Verdict Recommend as a Fifty Shades of Grey listen-alike to those comfortable with graphic sexual content. [The Berkley: Penguin Group (USA) pb was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Laura Brosie, Abilene, TX
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