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Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9781638718291
  • 154 pages
  • $8.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781718817876
  • 186 pages
  • $8.70
Gina Ferguson
Author
Allure
A young female entrepreneur who finds out taking on a skilled partner is hot-blooded business, especially when her new partner is the most handsome eligible man in town and he knows it. The connection is made when passionate bodies collide, no matter the sexual device. Unfortunately, not all good business is legit and past dealings chase after those involved. Will the burns of the past ruin a desirable future? Or will a promise massage out all illegal games?
Reviews
A business partnership turns into a sexual awakening for masseuse Darby Daxton Deel in this romantic thriller. Darby is instantly attracted to the rich and arrogant CEO of Park-Slate Industries, Brett Slade, but as the two of them become sexually entangled, dangerous men from Brett’s past seem to be coming for them. Before Darby can begin operations of her new joint venture, a masseuse breaks into her house to escape unforeseen danger, and a bodyguard sent by Brett shows up to take Darby into hiding, kicking off a series of shootings, chases, explosions, and escapes, presumably at the hands of a man with a business-related grudge against Brett.

Brett runs hot and cold, first insisting that he doesn’t mix business with pleasure, then breaking into Darby’s house and all but kidnapping her in order to make out. Though the nature of the business partnership with Slade’s company is often unclear, to the point of vagueness, it’s strongly hinted that the day spa will be turned into a front for some sort of sex parlor, as he sends a team of masseuses, a business partner named Abby, and a truckload of sex toys to be set up for “special clientele.”

Some euphemistic language and a disinclination to meet genre expectations position this novel somewhere between romance and erotica. As the characters struggle valiantly through Ferguson’s byzantine plot, Brett and Darby declare their love despite having very few conversations or interactions beyond general comments about business and their mutual physical attraction. They spend much of the novel apart, facing assorted dangers separately, thus making it difficult for readers to feel their chemistry or compatibility. Several sex scenes between Darby and other people, including a hot tub orgy with the new day spa staff, also contribute to making her feelings about the central relationship obscure. Still, readers open to genre-defying erotic suspense may find pleasures here.

Takeaway: A spa owner gets tangled up in a heated romance that leads to dangerous complications in this eccentric thriller.

Great for fans of: Emma Slate’s Wreck & Ruin, Joanna Blake’s Cuffed.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: C
Marketing copy: B

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9781638718291
  • 154 pages
  • $8.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781718817876
  • 186 pages
  • $8.70

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