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Overview

After a hard day's work, falling in love-or lust- is the only way to unwind.

From three of today's hottest romance authors-an anthology of sizzling stories about the trials and tribulations that occur when professions and passions collide.

In Driven, LuAnn McLane tells the story of a hard-boiled mystery author who has writer's block when it comes to sex scenes-and gets paired with a sassy romantic comedy author to come up with a very happy ending...Patricia Ryan's What Happens in Vegas follows a gambler on a hot streak and the beautiful woman who's out to discover his winning secrets when they bet everything on desire...And in Brushstrokes, Toni Blake delivers with a down-on-her-luck artist who takes a job painting a tavern, only to find all the inspiration she needs in the tavern's picturesque owner.

Author Biography: LuAnn McLane lives with her husband, daughter, and three sons.

Patricia Ryan has been published in over 20 countries.

Toni Blake is the author of eight contemporary romance novels, and was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize

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Who says you can't mix business with pleasure? In this anthology, LuAnn McLane, Patricia Ryan, and Toni Blake deliver some racy sizzlers about the collision between life and love. Take McLane's "Driven," where mystery writer Ian Parker, who writes popular bestsellers, gets some unexpected firsthand help with his lame sex scenes. In Ryan's "What Happens in Vegas," Jay Douglas, a sleight-of-hand magician, has been beating the casino four days running at blackjack until Libby Thatcher shows up with a different game in mind. In Blake's "Brushstrokes," artist Mia Drake, down on her luck and staying with her aunt, takes a commercial painting job, but the erotic angels she paints across the local bar's ceiling inspire the owner to use paint brushes in a very different way. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451216052
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 8/2/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    This one delivers

    Taking Care Of Business is a smoking hot anthology by three top-notch writers. _______ Driven by LuAnn McLane has mystery writer Ian Parker facing a stumbling block in his latest thriller. Sure he can write mystery, intrigue etc but a Sex Scene??? His agent hooks him up with romantic comedy writer Maxine Mitchell. Maxine wants to branch out in the romantic suspense genre. Sounds like a match make in heaven!! So Ian and Maxine are sent off to work together on their prospective books but end up teaching each other a thing or two about life and love. They sparks just fly off these two, can Ian live up to the challenge laid down in Maxine books??? Lord does he¿ _________ Patricia Ryan¿s ¿What Happens In Vegas¿ has a mysterious high roller Jay Douglas taken the Gold Dust Casino for millions. Owner Eddie Flynn sends Libby Thatcher to get the scoop on Jay. Libby feels helping Eddied out is the only way she can get him to finally buy her dad¿s restaurant. Jay is distracted every time luscious Libby appears on his radar. Lilly as much as she is attracted to Jay, the good girl in her doesn¿t like that she is lying. Watching these two will warm any heart and make you wish that it would all work out.________ Toni Blake¿s Brushstrokes has Artist Mia Drake turning to her great Aunt when life in the big city doesn¿t work out. Mia gets hired to paint hunky bar owner Rick Rose establishment. It was supposed to be a simple paint job but once Mia decided Rick¿s ceiling needed her sensual angels everything changed. Rick couldn¿t believe what was going on in his bar but one look at the scene above him he is intrigued with the woman before him. Add some hot and steamy scenes with paint and brushes, you will be reaching for a big fan yourself. ________ Taking Care Of Business is a hot read for anytime of the year. LuAnn, Patricia and Toni each wrote a compelling and tantalizing story. It¿s a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Taking Care of Business is three times the pleasure!

    It all starts out with LuAnn McLane's gem 'Driven', about two authors - one who writes mysteries, the other romance - who are struggling while trying to use elements from the other person's genre in their own stories. Ian Parker especially is having difficulty adding a romantic angle to his mystery series, but his fans are clamoring for his characters to get together, and the solution is to have bestselling romance writer Maxine Mitchell help him out. Of course Ian is reluctant, having met Ms. Mitchell previously and finding himself a little too taken with her for his peace of mind. Maxine is delighted to be working with Ian Parker. Not only is he like one of her sexy and brooding heroes, he also makes her hot, and that is an irresistible combination. Only they don't start out on the right foot, and the sparks fly all over the place. A rather intriguing bet kicks it up a notch, and you will fall in love with Ian right along with Maxie. Their romance is one dynamic collaboration that will have you longing for more. Anyone who's ever been to Vegas knows that 'What Happens In Vegas' stays in Vegas. Patricia Ryan has created an intriging character in Jay Douglas, a high roller who's winning millions at the blackjack tables of casino owner Eddie Flynn. Flynn isn't too happy with Jay, and sends in sexy yet sweetly innocent Libby Thatcher to find out Jay's winning secrets. Libby is in a bind, and agrees to help out Eddie if he'll agree to her business deal. Only she doesn't count on being so drawn to Jay, and finds herself getting too involved. And Jay can't keep his concentration when Libby is in his zone. He finds himself unable to resist her, no matter how much he tries. A steamy encounter in the hot tub will definitely leave you breathless, not to mention Jay's ability to tie a decent knot. This is one resourceful hero, and Libby is a genuinely likeable heroine drawn to a man she must lie to against her better judgment. You'll be cheering for both and end the story with a sigh of contentment as they reach their happily ever after. 'Brushstrokes' is a story about longing. Mia is a struggling artist who creates heavenly creatures filled with longing, a feeling she heself possesses for bar owner Rick Rose. Rick needs his bar painted, and though Mia's artwork isn't what he had in mind, he continues to let her create her mural on the Rose Tavern's ceiling while he longs to give into his desire for her. But Rick has been burned before, and Mia is not the kind of woman to have a meaningless fling with, so he avoids her so as not to give into temptation. Only things don't turn out the way either one of them planned, and falling in love certainly wasn't part of their agreement... Sexy, provocative, and delightful, these three talented authors show us what happens when work and play collide, and how much fun that can truly be!

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