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Thursday, 19 June 2008

Asking for Trouble by Leslie Kelly

Exciting and sexy Blaze romance
5 stars

Isabella ‘Izzy’ Natale is less than pleased that she’s back working in her family’s bakery rather than working as a dancer as was her dream. So now she’s leading a double life: by day she turns out decadent desserts and by night she transforms into Chicago’s hottest exotic dancer.

Nick Santori is finally out of the army and less than pleased to be back with his over-protective family who just want him to find a ‘nice girl’ and settle down. His reaction to Izzy is anything but nice even if he barely recognises the girl who once had a crush on him as a teenager. But he definitely notices her now.

So what’s a girl to do but show the man of her dreams that little Izzy is now very much grown up?

This is another addition to Kelly’s ‘Santori’s of Chicago’ series and it is a fantastic book to join the set. If you’re keeping up with the family – the book gives you opportunity to catch up with couples from previous books but it does stand alone so there is no need to have read any of the others before reading this one.

With this particular book – I was quite surprised that I not only liked Izzy but identified with her as well. She’s sharp, confident and sassy and I loved her! Nick is such a fantastic hero too and the perfect partner for Izzy. He’s sexy, rugged and tough with a lovely boyish streak in him and someone you wish you could have for yourself! And as I said, the pair work very well together and their chemistry fairly burns up the pages – just delicious.

The plotline is interesting, not in the least bit sleazy and not once relies on boring clichés or obvious tricks. I felt that the history of Nick and Izzy was so strong that you were really cheering for the pair to sort things out and get together - not that the journey to get to the happy ending wasn't very satisfactory to read!

The story is very well developed with writing that is typical of Leslie Kelly – fun, sexy and engaging. If you’re looking for a well-written and hot story with just a smidgen of naughtiness then this is definitely the book for you. Highly recommended.

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