Harlequin Blaze, May 19 2015, $5.50
In New York’s Rainbow Room, Manhattan’s Special Victims Bureau chief Assistant District Attorney Gabe Nelson proposes to his girlfriend of six months Kara Humphries, but she says no as they share no spark. Numb Gabe steps outside only to witness the zany BFF of his sister Holly (see Triple Threat) Devin Padilla beat up someone named Freddie for accosting her. Devin explains Freddie is a patron at the Mark where she sometimes bartends when she is not working at her tattoo parlor. Over her objection Gabe escorts her home. She calls him repressed so he kisses her leaving both stunned by their reaction.
Gabe asks Devin to help him humanize his public image before he runs for the DA position; in exchange he will assist her on her quest to find her autistic brother, who she lost to foster care. Teaming up on their respective goals, neither Devin nor Gabe expected to fall in love.
The second Art of Seduction contemporary is a delightful polar-opposite attract romance. The lead couple makes this madcap Manhattan tale into a wonderful read as each knows the other does not belong in their respective world, but both refuses to retreat from love.