Friday, 14 October 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #191
Nice Girls Finish Last - Natalie Anderson
Mills & Boon RIVA
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"Once she was bad...
After one wild and heartbreaking affair in her past, Lena is now very, very good. She prides herself on her iron self-control - working for the hottest rugby team in New Zealand, it's all testosterone but no touching!
But he's tempting her to be wicked...
Spending day-in-day-out in the boys' locker rooms, Lena thinks she's immune to even the most honed set of abs. Then Seth saunters into her life, and suddenly her inner bad girl is back in the game..."
I have been looking forward to reading this latest offering by Natalie Anderson. I am a big fan of her books, and this is another fantastic one!
The heroine Lena is a hard working yet fun loving PR rep for one of New Zealand's best rugby teams. When the hero Seth finds her almost literally laughing her head off after a practical joke with the team, he is instantly drawn to her. Lena is also very attracted to Seth and would like nothing more that to give in to the desire between them, but is afraid of getting hurt again after her last car crash of a relationship. Over the last couple of years Lena has worked hard to put her mistakes behind her, and has stalwartly declined dates. But Seth proves temptation too strong and they spend a very passionate night together. Seth wants to continue seeing her for as long as their passion lasts, Lena tries to say no by eventually gives in. As they spend more and more time together they find that instead of their desire for one another waning, as expected, it only gets deeper. They both try to pull away from it, as they know that they can't ever have a future.
This is a fabulous book. It's full of wit, sass, eye popping passion, and some really fun moments, yet it is also very emotional and at times quite heartbreaking. Natalie Anderson's characters are always relatable and well developed and this is no exception for Seth and Lena. Lena's past is very daring of Natalie but done perfectly; what Lena had done should be something that is unforgivable but I couldn't help but like her! The way the relationship develops feels very natural and is satisfying to read.
As usual Natalie's writing sparkles with her usual blend of humour, fantastic dialogue, and sizzling chemistry. A charming and absorbing book. Recommended.