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Series Review: Worth It by Karen Erickson

   

Series: Worth It
Author: Karen Erickson
# of Books: 4 (Worth the Scandal, Worth the Risk, Worth the Challenge, Worth Everything)

There is also a spin-off series that is too be released called The Renaldis

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: Hot

Thoughts:

I learned about this series when I discovered that Worth the Scandal was a free eBook on Amazon. Although Alex and Tess weren’t my favourite characters to read about, I was hooked into the series.

The series follows the three Worth brothers who run a fashion empire. Each is unique in their own way and this is reflected into their stories. There are a ton of little twists along the way in each of the books that make you turn the pages.

Worth the Scandal and Worth the Risk were more suspenseful plot wise. Worth the Challenge isn’t as suspenseful but it has a lot of drama and what I consider the best romance of the 4 books. It is by far my favourite book of the series. Worth Everything was a solid part of the series, not the greatest but it sets up nicely for the spin-off series and has a cute romance.

Conclusion:

If you like contemporary romances with millionaire businessmen, business-savvy women and lots of heat, then you will love this series.

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst (Marriage to a Billionaire Series #1)

Synopsis for Worth the Scandal (from Goodreads):
Alexander Worth, President and CEO of Worth Luxury Goods, is a man never to be crossed. His unwavering sense of responsibility to the family business requires him to always be in complete and utter control. Until it comes to Tessa Crawford.

She’s quietly professional, shy, voluptuous…and she works for him. Which means she is the one woman he must never touch, no matter how hard his gut twists with need for her.

After rising above her disadvantaged childhood, Tessa knows the last thing she should do is risk throwing it all away by falling into bed with her sexy boss. But on an extended European business trip, all self-imposed barriers burn away in the heat of their sizzling chemistry.

Once back home, though, whispers of corporate espionage turn into full-blown scandal-and Tessa finds out the hard way where Alex’s loyalties lie. Determined to soldier on, she picks herself up and carries on with a secret, yet welcomed burden. Never guessing that Alex will make a reappearance in her life, ready to show her once and for all that family does, indeed, come first.

Warning: Contains a sweet-yet-strong woman, and a bossy alpha male brought to his knees by the woman he desperately loves. Involves enough begging and groveling that the reader may be tempted to “accidentally” leave it for her significant other to “find.” For instructional purposes only, of course.

Series Review: Torn Series by K.A. Robinson

 

Series: Torn
Author: K.A. Robinson
# of Books: 2 (Torn, Twisted)
Complete?: Yes (though there might be a spin-off series if what I read is correct)
Genre: New Adult, Rockstar, Romance
Heat Rating: Hot

Thoughts:

Ever missed that one key line of a plot summary that would probably be the deciding factor on whether or not you read the book? Well, that’s what I did here. It was just that last line that probably would have made the bells go ringing in my head and clue in to what this series is about: a love triangle (hence, the title “Torn”).

Love triangles are not my thing. They drive me up the wall and become major turn-offs for me when I read a book. I’m all for a little tension with a possible interested party, but when a girl can’t make up her mind about two guys she “loves”, that’s when I lose interest. If I had known that the first book, Torn, was essentially a story about a girl leading two guys on because she can’t choose, I would have passed right away and never picked up the book. I guess the high level ratings on Goodreads convinced me otherwise (I seriously don’t know how this book has such a high rating on Goodreads).

If I take away the love triangle, I still don’t see the love for this book. I didn’t particularly enjoy the characters (they just seemed like stereotypes to me played at the highest level). There are a few hot scenes but that doesn’t make a book. There is a bit of suspense and obvious drama but nothing I haven’t really read before.

Torn sees the conclusion of the love triangle while the second book, Twisted sees how the decision played out. I’m not really sure why Twisted was needed other than the fact that Torn ends really abruptly. Seeing that particular plot conclude is probably why I continued reading the sequel. I would have been satisfied if Torn was another 50 pages and had an epilogue with how the series concluded–but I guess for all those people who loved it, the sequel is “great”.

Conclusion:

If you like love triangles involving hot, tattooed & pierced rockers you will love this book. If you can’t stand love triangles AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

Rating: 2/5

Similar Reads: Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines (Too Far Series)

Synopsis for Torn (from Goodreads):
Chloe hasn’t had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.

Series Review: Douglas Kincaid by Deborah Smith

  

Series: Douglas Kincaid
Author: Deborah Smith
# of Books: 3 (Legends, The Silver Fox and the Red Hot Dove, Heart of the Dragon)

These books are loosely linked together–meaning they are not direct sequels of each other and focus on different characters.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Highlands
Heat Rating: lukewarm

Thoughts:

I love contemporary romance novels and even more so, I love highlander novels so this book seemed like a dream come true but it soon became a nightmare.

I think it has something to do with when it was originally published, 1990. I’ve read a few romance novels from before I was born because they came from romance authors that the world seems to adore and one thing I have found is that they are cheesy and everything you expect from a “romance novel”. I think it is fair to say that more recent contemporary romances have stepped away from the cheese and make their stories more realistic and “dirtier” (not just sex wise but tragedies, plot twists, etc.).

I guess when I read the synopsis I thought it would be a bit more exciting plot wise–with some twists and turns and witty negotiating. It had a few interesting tidbits but I often felt like it was trying too hard. It was very cheesy in parts and a generic romance overall with the typical characters. It was a lot shorter than I thought (eBook wise) but I don’t think I would have wanted it to be any longer.

Because I didn’t enjoy the first book, I did not read the rest of the series. But based on the synopsises of the other two, I have a feeling they follow a similar formula.

Conclusion:

I’ve read better and worse, but I wouldn’t recommend this to someone unless they wanted a quick read to pass the time.

Rating: 2/5

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Synopsis of Legends(from Goodreads.com):
Elgiva MacRoth descends from a long line of bold Scots willing to fight for their heritage. When her picturesque town comes under siege by a corporate raider, she devises a daring plan to stop billionaire Douglas Kincaid. But kidnapping a man off the rooftop of his penthouse and holding him hostage proves far less complicated than saving herself from his intoxicating sensual assault.

The stunning beauty with her golden eyes and fighting spirit make captivity feel like a fantasy. The desire heating up is enough to make them both forget the battle, and surrender to something far more pleasurable. But Douglas has his own dreams for this lovely spot of Scottish land. And he has a proposal that he hopes will convince Elgiva to give up her hard line and give in to him in every way that matters. With a warrior’s will, he’s fighting for his legacy, his heart, and the woman of his dreams.

Series Review: Perfection by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach)

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Series: Perfection, Rosemary Beach (#3 Twisted Perfection & #5 Simple Perfection)
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 2  (Twisted Perfection, Simple Perfection)
NOTE: This series is a spinoff series of Too Far by Abbi Glines. I highly recommend that you read that series before you start this one! Recently the spinoff series have been grouped into a proper reading order and categorized under the series “Rosemary Beach

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: Hot

Thoughts:

PLEASE NOTE: Although the Perfection series is a part of a larger series called Rosemary Beach I have decided to review each series separately (find them all here). However, books 9+ will be reviewed on the Rosemary Beach central blog post here. Regardless,  I highly recommend reading the series in the order posted on Abbi Glines’ blog due to overlapping plotlines and events.

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WARNING: IF YOU HAVE not FINISHED the Too Far SERIES THE FOLLOWING REVIEW and SYNOPSIS MAY HAVE SPOILERS!

**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

I really enjoyed the Too Far Series, which is what this series is a spin-off of. It is actually one of two spin-offs planned for the series. I especially enjoyed Woods as a character. He is a hero that is worth swooning over and I couldn’t wait to see him happy with his own leading lady in his own series. And this one did not disappoint!

Della and Woods are both complex characters with twisted back stories that are realistic and heartbreaking. Both are wounded by controlling parents and this is probably why they work so well together. I will be honest and say that I didn’t really see the connection between these two characters at the start, other than the sex, but I think as the book develops they begin to understand each other a bit more. There are lots of twists and turns throughout the way so this is a hard one to put down.

The only disappointment I had was the lack of mention between Woods and Blaire and their relationship from the Too Far Series. I thought he had some stronger feelings for Blaire in the other books but it is never alluded to here. Perhaps he is over them but I feel it is fair to point out that he was attracted to a “fragile female” before he met Della. But this isn’t something that should deter you from reading the book, it’s just me being picky! (PS, Blaire does make a brief appearance in this book)

Updated (Dec 7/13): I recently read Simple Perfection after getting my hands on a copy after a few months of waiting. I was really excited to read this book and to be honest I was disappointed when I started reading it.

I think my biggest issue was the alpha-male dominant that Woods becomes. I hate overly possessive males and this is what we get with Woods. He is very smothering and I just felt like the relationship him and Della had wasn’t very healthy at all. Like in the last book, I didn’t see their connect improve and I honestly don’t know why they love each other so much other than a physical attraction and Della always being around. Della as a character improved as she begins to find herself a bit more and I liked the journey she takes in this book.

Why I gave this book a high rating (ie 4/5 on Goodreads) despite my dislike of Woods and the direction the romance went is because of the MAJOR plot twists we get. There were two things I really didn’t see coming and the last one especially rocked my world. I applaud Ms Glines for going in the direction she is going because I never saw it coming and it makes things extremely interesting!

Conclusion:

If you loved the Too Far series or love New Adult reads, this one will not disappoint! I can’t wait for the sequel to see what happens next! Great setup for the rest of the series. If you like stories where characters from previous books interweave altogether, Rosemary Beach is a series for you!

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines (Too Far Series #1) and One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy (Drew + Fable Series #1)

Synopsis of Twisted Perfection (from Goodreads.com):

Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…

Series Review: Too Far by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach #1,#2,#4)

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Note: This is just a review of the first 3 novels of the Rosemary Beach Series. For later novels, see the review here.

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Series: Too Far, Rosemary Beach
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 4 (Fallen too far, Never too Far, Forever too Far) + Rush too Far

This series has two spin-off series: 1) Perfection 2) Chances. Collectively they make up the Rosemary Beach Series. (Reading Order found here)

Rush too Far is a retelling of Fallen too Far from Rush’s perspective but read it AFTER you finish the first 3 books!

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Heat Rating: Hot

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PLEASE NOTE: Although the Too Far series is a part of a larger series called Rosemary Beach I have decided to review each series separately (find them all here). However, books 9+ will be reviewed on the Rosemary Beach central blog post here. Regardless, I highly recommend reading the series in the order posted on Abbi Glines’ blog due to overlapping plotlines and events. Though I recommend that you read Rush too Far after you read the 3 books in the Too Far series.

I pretty much devoured these books, they were fantastic! I love new adult reads and this is an example of New Adult at it’s finest. Abbi Glines has quickly become one of my must-read authors (and my recent Kobo purchases can attest to this).

The first book, Fallen too Far, was great. Blaire is a complex character that slowly gets revealed to us and is strong and respectable. The book description makes her sound like an air-head but she isn’t really–she’s just jaded and has been isolated from the world due to circumstance. Rush is the perfect mysterious bad boy that makes readers swoon and it’s obvious he adores Blaire. Their attraction is more of an appearance thing at first, but they begin to respect and love each other as the book progresses. There are major plot twists that caused me to bug my eyes out and gasp in shock and I am so ever thankful that the second book had been released when I read the first one.

The second book, Never too Far, picks up right where the last one left off (and thank goodness for that!). Rush gets a little too needy for my tastes in this one but I can let that slide all things considered. It is a great read and I think I would have been happy to see the series end there but I am glad there is a third one because I feel like there are some things that could be further resolved.

There are a few love triangles in here that turned me off a bit (I can’t stand love triangles) but they aren’t very extreme–more like Blaire is a girl that every guy falls for but she doesn’t fall for every guy. There are a lot of well developed characters which makes the anticipation for the spin-off series unbearable at times as I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

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–June 28, 2013– Book #3: Forever Too Far

I just finished Forever too Far and I have to say, this book felt like an extended epilogue of sorts. I also feel that this book serves as the central hub for all the spin-off stories in the works because a majority of the book was showing how Rush and Blaire fit into and deal with the drama around them.

It was nice to see some closure with Rush and learn more about his character. Again, as in Never too Far, he was a little too possessive and whinny for my personal tastes (and I think Blaire was just as bad).

I thought this books ended a little abruptly (I went to hit the next page on my Kobo and was startled to see the Acknowledgement page) but I know that we will get to see more of everyone in the spin-offs.

–June 1, 2014– Book #4: Rush Too Far

I finally managed to get the time to read Rush too Far and in all honesty I’m not sure how I feel about it. While I liked reading from Rush’s perspective I also found that it irritated me. The possessiveness he shows in the later books is out in full force in this book and that annoyed me a bit because I didn’t feel like it was warranted (honestly, he said like two words to her and was like “she’s MINE”). Unlike when I read Fallen too Far, I really didn’t see the connection between Rush and Blaire other than the physical attraction in Rush too Far. Plus I was tired of Rush going on and on about how gorgeous and innocent Blaire was–I got it the first time thanks, no need to repeat it a bazillion times.

If Goodreads let me do half stars, I would have given the book a 3.5/5 instead I gave it a 4 just for the sake that I did like seeing how things unfolded from Rush’s side of things. Definitely read it after you read the other 3 books in the series though–and don’t read it while reading Fallen too Far because it has major spoilers!

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Fallen Too Far 4/5 | Never Too Far 4/5 | Forever Too Far 4/5 | Rush Too Far 4/5

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If you want a quick, new adult read filled with lots of love, twists and drama, this is a series I highly recommend.

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Synopsis of Fallen too Far (from Goodreads.com):

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

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Series Review: Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner

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Synopsis for Release Me (from Goodreads):
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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Series: Stark Trilogy, Stark
Author: J. Kenner
# of Books: 4 (Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Anchor Me)

There are also novellas that takes place after the final book. Full list here.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Heat Rating: Steamy (BDSM: mild)
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: January 2013 – April 2017
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I will admit I enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey–not for the kinky sex but for the plot. Yes, there was a plot to the series but that is beside the point. So I can say I was excited to read this series because it is recommended for fans of Fifty Shades and it promised to have more of a plot.

The Plot:

I really liked this series (at this point I had only read the first two books). If you compare Fifty Shades of Grey and the first book, Release Me, they both have similar plot progression and delivery; however there are some differences that make this series its own.

Where this differs really differs from Fifty Shades is in book 2, Claim Me. There are major plot developments that separate this book completely from Fifty Shades and does so in a way that has me counting down the days to the final book.

The Characters:

For one the characters are their own. Nikki is a more driven and academically intelligent than Anastasia. Nikki also has her own issues to work out emotionally and mentally. She is a very heavy character but is very likable at the same time. Damien is also complex emotionally and mentally, much like Christian, but not so BSDM driven (though he does have control issues and likes his toys & ties and this becomes stronger as the books progress). While he is always sexually charged, you can see that he does care for Nikki–whereas it wasn’t always obvious with Christian.

The Romance:

These two are cute together and it was obvious to me why they would fall for each other. They do become a little too consumed with each other but that is also the nature of what people expect in this Erotica genre.

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–January 21, 2014– Book #3: Complete Me

I FINALLY got around to reading the final book, Complete Me, and I have to say that it was a major disappointment 🙁

I think my main problem is that it is has been so long since I read Claim Me and I let myself build up this last book, Complete Me, so much. But I also feel let down by the characters. Damien seemed much more into BDSM that I previously remembered and Nikki (who used to be one of my favourite heroines in contemporary romance) really got on my nerves in this book. I was also expecting one aspect of the plot to be longer but it wasn’t. BUT I did like where the rest of the book went and I am happy with the way things ended (though I am glad there is a follow-up novella)!

I see that there is a spin-off series in the works with Jamie (Stark International Series) and the novella, Take Me, introduces us to Ms. Jenner’s next trilogy series, Most Wanted, with the first book called Wanted.

–January 20, 2014– Book #3.5: Take Me

The first few chapters of this novella are basically an extended sex epilogue of the trilogy but eventually we get a plot. While I enjoyed this extended epilogue and it made me excited to read the other series, I still feel like I’m lacking some closure with these two. Hopefully we see more of them in the spinoff series but I think fans will enjoy this novella. Also, don’t expect a huge introduction to Evan. He’s there for like two seconds and gone. If I didn’t know that the next series was a about him, I wouldn’t have given him a second thought.

–February 8, 2014– Book #3.6: Have Me

As with the previous novella, Have Me is just an excuse to read about Nikki and Damien have sex with each other. Plus, they are in that honeymoon phase where every line is about how much they love each other–which gets nauseating. I won’t lie, I really skimmed most of this novella because the first 50 pages are just smut and when the plot comes I just couldn’t bring myself to care. I won’t be picking up the 3rd novella anytime soon. I would have preferred a separate novel to combine all of this together instead of 3 separate novellas though I appreciate the fact that in theory these novellas provide the closure I was missing from the conclusion of the series.

Why I Won’t be Reading Anchor Me:

I’m kind of over these characters. I hate dragged out stories–they just seem like ploys for money and fanservice. I just don’t see the point of another full length novel.

Series Rating: 4/5

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In the end, I did enjoy this series. It has a solid blend of sexy and plot that fans of E.L. James and Sylvia Day will gobble up right away. It’s not as BDSM focused as Fifty Shades but has characters and situations similar to Bared to You.

Read if You Like: Contemporary Erotica, flawed leads
Avoid if You: dislike erotica, dislike long series

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
Bared to You by Sylvia Day (Crossfire Series #1)

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Series Review: Take Me by Bella Andre

 

Series: Take Me
Author: Bella Andre
# of Books: 2
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: Hot

Thoughts:

Bella Andre is an author that I find is very hit or miss with me. I nearly quit reading the Sullivan Series after the first one but sometimes her stories get on my annoyed side. I also find she rushes with plots that are introduced at the start and then conclude within the last 10 pages of the story; it’s like she focuses on getting as much sex in there as possible and then remembers the plot points.

Book 1, Take Me had all the makings of a great book, but it just fell apart. I liked the characters (until the end when Lily irked me to no end with an issue she had resolved and she kept droning on about it) and I liked the plot premise (but I felt like the “game of desire” was never acknowledged by Travis).

Book 2, Love Me was a freebie from Kobo. I felt like it was more of an extended epilogue of two characters from Take Me, as there was essentially no plot. I was happy to see it written, but it could have been a lot better.

Conclusion:

The good side is, it’s a quick read and if you want a cute romantic story then you will enjoy it. At first the book reminded me a lot of a Meg Cabot novel with the way the plot was set up, just more erotica based than Meg Cabot’s novels. So if you are looking for a sexier read, this might be the one for you.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Size 12 is not Fat by Meg Cabot (Heather Well’s Mysteries #1) and Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble #1)

Synopsis of Take Me(from Goodreads.com):
An appetite for sensual pleasures must never be denied… Lily Ellis has curves — soft, beautiful curves. The kind of voluptuous body she fears Travis Carson, the man she’s always loved from afar, would never crave. But Lily is about to be proven wrong. Her adventure begins when the demure San Francisco interior decorator agrees to model a plus-size dress for her fashion designer sister. Watching this sensual beauty move down the runway, Travis can’t believe it’s the same Lily he’s always known — and always rejected. In a whirlwind of electric attraction, Lily is soon moaning Travis’s name in his bed, not just in her wild fantasies. But Lily is all too aware that she’s nothing like his past lovers.

Determined to beat Travis at his own game by guarding her true feelings, Lily partners with him on a business deal that takes them all the way to Italy. In the seductive warmth of the Tuscan sun, Lily plays a game of desire with the hot-blooded Travis. Will she be burned by an all-consuming ecstasy or will Travis open his heart to the sexy, exciting, and lasting love she has to offer?