Expected Release Date: May 21, 2013
Imprint: Harlequin Presents
Author’s Website: http://www.sarahmorgan.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Sicily’s Corretti Dynasty
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a stand alone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: N/A
Favorite Tropes: Reformed Rake
Snapped and seduced: there’s nothing more dangerous than a restless Corretti
Taylor Carmichael holds one thing precious: the reputation she’s spent years rebuilding. Then one encounter with Corretti lothario Luca, a bottle of chilled champagne and a skintight dress and the paparazzi have their shot.
Cool, calm and irritatingly aloof, Luca couldn’t care less. Splash his face over the papers—he has bigger fish to fry. But Taylor is fuming. Luca had the chance to halt the press and refused. Well, this time she’ll make the headlines work for her:
Stop the press—bad boy Luca Corretti to wed screen siren Taylor Carmichael!
What Worked For Me:
- I loved that Taylor, while still being a good person at heart, had actually made quite a few mistakes in her life. Sometimes the “overly perfect” heroine that typically graces the pages of a Harlequin Presents just isn’t what I want, and Taylor’s past helped to satisfy my need for a heroine who wasn’t quite so spotless.
- As much as I wanted to be annoyed by Luca’s playboy nature, I can’t deny the appeal of a reformed rake in a romance. He was unapologetic about his behavior, and even after he and Taylor began their fake engagement, was disdainful of the idea of actually falling in love — which of course made it even more fun when he finally fell.
- I loved the blackmail/stalker angle as well. It added a nice bit of outside tension, and helped to make Taylor’s actions much more plausible.
- I really liked Taylor’s desire to get back into acting. Due to mistakes in her past, her acting career had tanked and this was her one opportunity to make a comeback, and I enjoyed that her “relationship” with Luca both risked her career and helped it in turn.
- The concert was one of my favorite parts — I loved the thoughtfulness behind it, as well as seeing Taylor actually get to just be herself for once.
- The chemistry between Taylor and Luca was perfect, as I would expect from a Sarah Morgan title, with just the right amount of steam to heat things up without making it the full focus of the romance.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- If anything, it got off to a bit of a slow start. It wasn’t until maybe about a quarter into the book that I really got into it, but once I did, it more than made up for any slowness in the beginning.
Full of Sarah Morgan’s trademark chemistry and heat, this tale of a Hollywood wild-child trying to make a comeback, and an arrogant playboy who is never taken seriously by his family and company despite his obvious business acumen is a definite keeper.
It got off to a bit of a slow start, but just as with Luca’s transformation from a carefree rake to a surprisingly considerate, devoted partner, it was worth the wait for the best parts.
I loved the stalker/blackmail angle that left Taylor between a rock and a hard place, and adored how thoughtful Luca could be while still denying that he had any tenderness in him. The fact that there was a pretend engagement that neither actually wanted to be part of was merely the cherry on top.
A very solid 4/5 Stars