Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stripped Down-Kelli Ireland

Stripped Down
Kelli Ireland
Harlequin Blaze, Aug 19 2014, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373798186

In Seattle Preservations CEO Cass Jameson and her team diligently worked on water preservation and soil erosion at the site of the proposed Chok Resort on Lake Washington.  When the EPA approved their proposal, Cass plans to present it next week to the resort builders, Sovereign Developments.

Eric Reeves feels good that his company Sovereign Developments won the bid for the Chok Resorts project over his more powerful established rival David Jameson.  He keeps his nocturnal life as popular Beaux Hommes stripper Dalton Chase apart from his day time CEO role except for the former funding the latter.  When Cass hires him to strip at her BFF Gwen’s bachelorette party, neither knows of their project connection as they share a week of Pleasure Before Business intrudes.

The first Pleasure Before Business heated romance is a fun frolic though the concept of both unaware of their business link after a week together feels like a throwback to the 1961 Rock Hudson-Doris Day movie Lover Come Back but with plenty of sex and no Pillow Talk.  The leads are likable ambitious individuals who fall in love just before they learn who their tryst partner truly is.

Harriet Klausner

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