September 1, 2008
leads a double life - respected college professor by day, and well-known
reviewer of popular fiction by night. Of course, she is well-known only under
the pen name she uses for reviewing, since the college administration tends to
frown on popular fiction, and she is angling for a new promotion in her
It is that very promotion that prompts her to enter a national magazine’s
make-over contest to improve her physical appeal and then take a temporary job
as a reviewer on a small TV show in another city in order to develop her
charisma. The idea is to catch the attention of the college administration, who
wants to promote someone with more of a ‘stage presence’ than she currently has.
It was the magazine article that first caught author Nick Angel’s eye. Or
rather, Delaney’s critique of his books in that article. It seems the lovely
reviewer doesn’t think he has enough emotion in his stories, and his publisher
is listening to her. He devises a plan to prove she is wrong about his writing,
and challenges her with a public bet on her television show. But it is the
risqué private bet he proposes off the air that really heats things up between
RISQUÉ BUSINESS by Tawny Weber appealed to me on so many levels.
First off, I have really come to enjoy the books published in the Harlequin
Blaze line, so even though Ms. Weber was a new author to me, I had a good amount
of faith that the story would be good simply based on the publisher.
Then there is the fact that the story and the characters caught my interest.
Lastly, what reviewer of romantic fiction would not be enticed by a romance
where the reviewer is swept off her feet by the hunky author she critiqued?
And make no mistake about it, Nick Angel is definitely hunky. More than hunky,
actually. He’s smart, funny, sexy, confident, and a bit arrogant – everything a
girl could want in a hero. He also admits when he is wrong, even if he has to
go to considerable lengths before his fallacy is proved to him. A man who
learns from his mistakes and grows from them is the kind of realistic hero women
dream about. When that man also pushes his heroine’s limits as Nick does, that
is just icing on the cake.
Delaney begins the story with a tremendous amount of unrealized potential and
lack of confidence. Yes, she has no doubts about her intellectual prowess, but
when it comes to her looks and matters of the heart, she is on shaky ground.
The make-over helps build her confidence a bit, and the television spot assists
with her charisma issue, but it is her romance with Nick that really helps her
blossom into the woman she has always denied was inside of her.
RISQUÉ BUSINESS is pure reading pleasure that is sure to leave
readers with a few new fantasies! Tawny Weber delivers a story that is sexy,
romantic, and inspirational. I will be very much looking forward to more from
this talented author.
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