The Morning After The Night Before
Harlequin KISS, Jan 15 2014, $5.99
At Broadmore Natale in London, Harry Mitchell lectures Izzy Dean on the quality of her latest report; claiming it is flat and dull unlike her earlier work. She sulks out of his office, but calms down until his note re the Ice Age triggers her rage again. Izzy quits.
With plenty of vino Izzy celebrates her freedom from obnoxious Prince Harry. However, the next morning she wakes up stunned to find she shares the bed with the Australian hunk. As amazed and mortified as Izzy is; Harry is equally astonished but secretly pleased though also flustered with the turn of the screw (apology to Henry James) their dysfunctional employer-employee (albeit former) relationship took.
This Flat in Notting Hill contemporary (see Sleeping With The Soldier by Charlotte Phillips) is a lighthearted romance in which the two bickering stars take their battle from the boardroom to the bedroom. Although neither protagonist is likable as he is too formal and she is too easy to enflame, this is a pleasant “love and lust in the city that never sleeps” gender war.