Wednesday, 11 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #281
A Night of Living Dangerously - Jennie Lucas
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"Like Cinderella at the ball...
Lilley's fairytale wish is about to be granted. She'll swap her grey suits for a fabulous dress and killer heels, and dance the night away with the man every other woman wants... but only for one night.
When the clock strikes twelve...
Alessandro Caetani does not do happy-ever-afters. In fact his charm extends only as far as getting his Little Mouse secretary into bed. Lilley has never taken such a risk before, but this is her night of living dangerously...
Who is going to call time on the fairytale ending?"
How gorgeous is this cover!
The heroine Lilley has had a horrible day after finding her boyfriend and flatmate in bed together. All she wants is a little peace and quiet to try and complete the work she is badly behind on. When Alessandro, the hero and owner of the company she works for, turns up he is surprised and a little pleased to find Lilley there. He has watched her around the workplace for a while, always with her head down, and he is more than a little intrigued by her. Alessandro asks Lilley to go with him to a charity ball and although she is rather reluctant she agrees feeling the need to escape from her problems for a night. The attraction and desire between them surprises both of them and they end up spending a very passionate weekend together. But Alessandro makes it clear it is only a weekend as he can't give her more, and Lilley is all for this. A few weeks later both of them are still thinking about each other, but Lilley is about to move away and Alessandro is about to announce his engagement so there is no future for them. But before Lilley leaves she needs to tell Alessandro she is pregnant.
As expected from Jennie Lucas, the plot of this book is intense and absorbing. There is a lot of chemistry between the hero and heroine and their interactions are full of heat, which really suits the book. Although they did seem to have an abnormal about of sex!
In a way, I do wish this hadn't been an accidental pregnancy plot book, but it is well written and interesting despite this.
Both the hero and heroine are believable and likeable, and they work well together. The hero did behave a bit badly at first, but it works.
Emotional and interesting, this is an enjoyable, solid book.