Sinfully Sexy

Sinfully Sexy

by Linda Francis Lee

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Sinfully Sexy by Linda Francis Lee

In this enchanting contemporary romance, sure to delight readers of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a close encounter of the sexy kind leads a plain Jane to discover her wild side.
Chloe Sinclair has never been bad . . . until she stumbles—literally—into the arms of a gorgeous stranger. To make matters worse, the morning after, her world is rocked completely off its axis when the sensual dreamboat turns out to be the man brought in to save the TV station where she works.
Sterling Prescott is hard-driven, gorgeous as hell, and determined to turn the struggling KTEX into a success. But all bets are off when the shameless wildcat that disappeared on him last night walks back into his life—acting like a squeaky-clean librarian. Life gets truly complicated, however, when Sterling decides to win more than the station—and to show Chloe that being sexy isn’t a sin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345462725
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 672,836
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Linda Francis Lee is the award-winning author of Suddenly Sexy, Sinfully Sexy, and Simply Sexy, among many other novels. A native of Texas, she now calls New York City home.

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It never would have happened if she hadn’t taken that quiz.

At least it never would have happened if she hadn’t taken it and failed.



Chloe Sinclair, who had never failed a test in her life.

Granted, she hadn’t been particularly serious when she took the Sexy! quiz, writing in her responses instead of choosing one of the multiple choice answers. Deep down she knew it was ridiculous to be upset, since she hadn’t taken it seriously. More than that, what did an idiotic quiz like that really mean? Nothing. She knew it. But what had started out as a joke had touched a nerve that she hadn’t realized was raw.

Failing—or perhaps the fact that she hadn’t even tried to pass—spoke to the reality of something deeper. She had given up on any sort of love life and devoted every ounce of energy to her job as station manager of KTEX TV. But as far as she was concerned, the cutthroat world of television programming and advertising revenue was a piece of cake compared to the convoluted labyrinth that was the male mind.

She was mature; men were not.

She wanted inspiring, intellectual dialogue; men wanted sex.

But she had promised herself that she wouldn’t have sex again with any man until she knew it was right, until she knew that he was the man she was meant to be with. Which meant one, and only one, thing.

She hadn’t had a lot of sex recently.

Given her answers on the Sexy! magazine quiz, she had to wonder if she’d ever have sex again.

Had she really filled in the second question with llama? She suppressed an embarrassed cringe. Sure, llamas were an industrious animal, but she had also heard they spit.

As if that was the problem with her answer.

Earlier that evening, while getting ready for the cocktail reception for the Heart Association that was being held at the Hilton Hotel, Chloe had dressed in her usual, simple black cocktail dress that she wore to just that sort of business/social obligation. But when she had looked at herself in the entry hall mirror, taking in her straight shoulder-length dark hair cut in a sensible bob, her oversized glasses, and the bangs that made her look twelve instead of twenty-seven, she was reminded of her grandmother’s constant refrain.

“Thank your lucky stars you were born plain-looking, Chloe love. Your gift is being smart and sensible. Don’t ever let that desert you.”

Her grandmother had died a year ago, and still, even missing her every day, Chloe had to wonder how being plain could possibly be a plus on anyone’s list of Great Things to Be.

That’s when she realized why an idiotic magazine quiz could upset her so much. Lucky or not, she was plain. She wasn’t sexy. Or perhaps more accurately, she had never even tried to be sexy.

That’s when everything changed. One minute she was headed to the kitchen for the decadent comfort of a slice of triple-layer velvet cake with whipped cream icing, then the next, something she hadn’t recognized flared inside her. She wanted to feel beautiful. She wanted to feel sexy. She wanted to forget the carefully mapped out rules for acceptable and respectable female behavior that her grandmother had instilled in her.

She should have had the cake.

Instead, her heart had pounded when she hurried back to her bedroom. With quick strokes, her hands practically shaking with a mix of trepidation and excitement, she put makeup and blush on over her pale white skin and dusting of freckles, lipstick over her lips, and mascara on her rarely mascaraed eyelashes. She even curled her straight hair, swept back her bangs, and pulled it all up in an elaborate twist. She even wore the dress Julia had sent over.

Thirty minutes later, standing in front of the mirror a second time, Chloe hadn’t recognized herself.

No one would call her a llama tonight.

There was just one tiny little problem now that she sat in the hotel parking lot, wearing the dress and even the silky gloves that had sex appeal written all over them.

She couldn’t bring herself to get out of the car.

She sat there having sheer, unadulterated second thoughts about how she was dressed. The determination and bravado that had gotten her this far was swept off like a hat in the late September wind that had decided to pick up the second she drove into the parking lot—like some sort of sign that she had no business going inside dressed as she was. But she had promised Julia she would attend, and it was too late to drive all the way home and change. She was the designated KTEX TV representative for the evening, and as the station’s general manager, she knew she had to show up.

Without a parking valet or doorman in sight at the small hotel, Chloe turned off the ignition, then gathered the impractical purse that didn’t have room in it for anything more than blush, a brush, and some breath mints. Not her usual priorities. But tonight, Chloe felt like anything but her usual self.

The second she stepped out of the car, a gust of wind kicked up, the sort that rushed across the city, gathering speed until it hit the towering peaks of Mount Franklin. The car door slammed shut and she was carried along in a rush of wind that pushed her through the parking lot on heels so high that she felt like she was teetering on her toes. She could hardly see where she was going, and for half a second she tried to cover her hair with her hands. But fancy hairstyles were forgotten when every ounce of her concentration was consumed by staying on her feet.

“Ahhh!” she cried out into the wind, the sound carried off.

She plunged across the tarmac, the bite of sand stinging her skin as she headed the short distance to the hotel. She could barely see for the churning wind, her hair pulling free, whipping against her face. She thought she was alone. But without warning, she ran into another body. Hard. Jarring them both.

The impact sent her lurching forward, arms extended like she was flying. It happened so fast that she couldn’t regain her balance. Her gloved hands hit the pavement first, the tiny chain on the purse like a vise around her wrist. Next, her knees crashed into the ground and pain shot through her. She lay there stunned.

“Are you all right?”

A man’s voice, deep and commanding, came at her in a disjointed muffle through the wind. She tried to pick herself up, but before she could manage, strong hands came around her, and he swept her up with ease. She tried to make out who he was, but he was much taller than she, and she couldn’t see more than his shirt when he pulled her close, his body blocking the wind.

Huddled together, he propelled them the remaining few steps to the hotel entrance. Despite the pain, she was very aware of the man’s touch, of the way his arm was secure around her, the way he controlled her body easily. She had the altogether foreign thought that she was safe.

The hotel’s sliding doors whooshed open, then closed behind them. The sudden calm after the storm felt like a deafening echo against her ears. Her eyes stung from the sand, and her knees burned. She could hear the low murmur of voices from the reception in the distance. There were several people in the lobby in varying states of dishevelment from the wind.

“Are you okay?” the man asked again, his hands clasped around her arms to keep her steady.

Her curls fell in tangles from her once-elegant twist. She could feel that her dress was askew and her gloves were ripped to shreds. All the effort she had gone to to get ready was ruined.

She was a mess, making it impossible to attend the party now. “Fine, fine,” she stated bleakly.

She felt him tense, felt the heat of him in the simple touch of his hand. “You aren’t so fine,” he stated with calm insistence.


He took her elbow and guided her away from the lobby. He swept her along again, but when they came to a set of double doors leading to the hotel guests’ rooms, she stiffened.

“Where are you taking me?”

“I’m staying here.”

“You’re taking me here, as in to your . . . your . . .”


“Exactly,” she stated primly. “I can’t go to your room.”

He made some kind of grumbling noise deep in his chest, but instead of guiding her through the doors, he tugged her away and soon had her inside an elegant ladies’ room decorated in marble and brass. Thankfully, it was empty. Though not as thankfully, he slid the lock home.

“Now what are you doing?”

“You’re bleeding.”


He pointed.

“Oh,” was all she managed to say when she glanced down at herself and got a really good look. Her once- shimmering thigh-high stockings were ripped beyond repair, blood and grit marking both of her knees like a six-year-old’s after a playground fall.

On top of that, she had never been all that great with blood.

“Oh,” she repeated, this time sort of wobbly.

“Don’t go weak willed on me now.”

“I am not weak willed,” she stated, her spine straightening.

“That’s what I like to hear.”

Next thing she knew, he had her up on the marble counter as if she didn’t weigh anything at all, her skirt riding high. That was when she looked up and saw his face. Her first real look. She wasn’t sure if she sucked in her breath or if she sighed. She only knew that her world went still.

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Sinfully Sexy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
kimberlyindy More than 1 year ago
A great fun read. This is book 2 in the sexy books about 3 best friends. I am defintely going to be reading more from Linda Francis Lee! I think the character Chloe was my favorite of the friends, but I liked all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I read the first book in one sitting and now this one too! I just keep wanting more, and now that I'm almost done with the last book in the trilogy, I don't know what I am going to do! :o(
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sinfully Sexy is the second book in the Sexy Trilogy. It¿s a fun and sassy read. Chloe Sinclair has always thought of herself as plain, nothing exciting. One night she decides to shake things up. Chloe dresses to the nines and almost has sex with a handsome stranger in a restroom. The next day she about trips over her sensible shoes when the man running her early meeting is ¿him.¿ Sterling Prescott had planned to take over KTEX-TV and sell it. He is knocked over when he sees his mystery woman at the TV station. A case of mistaken identity and a date make Sterling prove he can save the station and win Chloe¿s heart. The chemistry between Chloe and Sterling really burns up the pages. I loved the wit, the laughter and the tears as well. Enjoyed seeing Kate and Jesse from Suddenly Sexy. Looking forward to Julia¿s story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chloe Sinclair is the manager of KTEX TV in El Paso, Texas. She has always believed herself to be smart, but plain looking. But after flunking the Sexy! quiz Chloe decides to be daring for just one night. Being unused to such high heels though, she literally stumbles into the arms of a gorgeous stranger. Worse, she almost ends up making out with him in a public bathroom! Imagine her fear the next day when Chloe walks into a meeting at work to find out that the stranger is the man that the station owner, Julia Boudreaux, brought in to save the station. ............................. Corporate CEO Sterling Prescott of Prescott Media had built his fortune on taking over businesses for pocket change and turning them into gold. When he entered KTEX TV, he had intended to do the same. But all bets are off when he finds the sexy lady who had disappeared on him the night before. By a mix-up, people thought he was Trey Tanner, one of his ex-employees. When Chloe makes known what she things of Mr. Sterling Prescott, he decides to let everyone keep thinking his name is Trey. For Chloe, he decides to actually save the station, instead of taking it over. Chloe and 'Trey' must work together and create a reality show to bring in heavy advertising dollars quickly. ............................. ***** There is more going on than what I state in that synopsis. But to give you more would ruin some delightfully wicked plots and scenes. So I won't. Suffice it to say that Chloe and Sterling are a perfect match. Recommended for ladies who enjoy some humor with their modern day romances. ............................ Now that readers have seen Kate and Chloe meet their equals, it is time to see Julia meet her own. Be on the look out for the last of this trilogy titled 'Simply Sexy', due for release Nov. 2005. *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chloe Sinclair's only sin is the first half of her name- she even flunks a sex magazine quiz. That all changes thanks to a one night stand with a sexy mystery man who turns out to be the bachleor chosen to star in her faltering television station's reality soap opera. To make matters worse, she finds herself as one of the 'Texas Roses'' competing for his love. No matter how hard she tries, Trey refuses to kick her off the show, for Trey has really fallen for Chloe, and he has a secret of his own. Trey is not Trey, but Sterling Prescott, the man who is trying to take over the station and Chloe. In this game, they will either both win or both lose. ..................... *** Snappy emails punctuate this witty narrative with running commentary by Chloe's friends. Plain Janes can take hope in a new heroine that proves sexy is in the arms of the holder. ***
harstan More than 1 year ago
In El Paso sensible plain KTEX-TV station manager Chloe Sinclair attends a party at the Hilton where she meets a stranger. They almost have sex in women¿s room as both are immediately attracted to the other.---- The next day a mortified Chloe attends a meeting with her two best friends, her boss Julia Boudreaux and anchor Katherine Bloom, who recently was married (see SUDDENLY SEXY). Also arriving is the man from last night accompanied by his amused brother who pretends to be Ben Tanner instead of Ben Prescott. When a hostile Chloe rips Sterling Prescott, the man from last night joins his sibling in masquerading as Trey Tanner who was supposed to attend the meeting. Ben bets Sterling he cannot save the station in one month with the two brothers agreeing that for him to win, Chloe must say he saved the station. As Sterling and Chloe falls in love, he wonders how to tell her that he is her most detested person.---- The second Totally Texas sexy tale is a fun contemporary boardroom romance starring two intriguing individuals. Chloe is confident in her work, but not so in her personal life while Sterling is as confident as anyone on the planet until he realizes he must tell his beloved the truth. Though such a media giant able to hide his identity for so long seems a stretch, fans will appreciate the second TV station employee¿s tale of love.---- Harriet Klausner
Ste100 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Ugh. The characters are okay, but the plot of this book is laughable. It's predictable, but I came into this knowing what I was going to get - TRU LUV!When I read that Chloe and Sterling (who the hell is named Sterling, anyway?) had to work together in order to save the station, I immediately thought 'Odd Couple Cop Drama' and that's when the book started going downhill. It gets worse - Sterling becomes the Objective in 'The Catch and His Dozen Roses' (that is a seriously awful name), and Chloe has to fill in for one of the contestants. Yeah, I totally see this happening.
MarilynS on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Just when you think it can't get any better, well it does! This second in the series, well I couldn't put it down. The Editorial Review sums up the book but you must read to fully enjoy the authors take on the second friend, Chloe and her love Sterling. The book was warm and I just loved Linda's take on the TV Bachelor Series which these three friends produce in El Paso Tx.....brillant! I can't wait for the final in the series which looks to be released the end of October.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will. Respond to Dylan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am shrek and i will strip you of your layers. So gullible
Tarri More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite installment in the Sexy trilogy. Kate, Chloe, and Julia are best friends, co-workers, and life-long neighbors. Each has a story and the author carries their friendship through each book, often with e-mails at the beginning of the chapters. This is the second book in the Sexy trilogy. They are entertaining and quick reads. Each book has sexy men and women who really don't know who they are, but it is enjoyable finding out who they can be. Chloe is repressed, there is just no other way to say it. Then one night she dresses up for an industry event and on her way into the hotel where it is being held, she falls and a beautiful stranger helps her to clean up her scraped knees and arms in the restroom on the main floor. Sparks fly and one thing leads to another and suddenly they are all over each other, that is until the janitor shows up with the keys and starts opening the door. Chloe flees and leaves the stranger to make the explanations. The next day who should walk into the "we have one last chance to fix this station" meeting at the television station, but the stranger and his brother, Ben. Chloe is embarrassed and then furious, when she finds out that he is an employee of Prescott Media and is there to take-over that station. What Chloe doesn't know is that he is Sterling Prescott and she has some very unflattering things to say about him. Sterling bets his brother, Ben, that he can win Chloe over and turn a profit in a month and if he does, Ben has to give up his job as an undercover cop and join the family business.
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