Author: Jennifer Gracen
Publisher: Zebra SHOUT
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in series
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: Hotel owner Dane Harrison, middle brother of a wealthy Long Island family, needs a lounge singer for his new luxury property. With her stunning voice and amazing curves, Julia Shay is perfect. She also seems to be the only woman in New York City who isn’t falling at Dane’s feet. And despite her feisty attitude and his rule against workplace affairs, he wants her—in his arms, in his bed, anywhere and everywhere.
Julia loves her new job, and she knows better than to think she can keep it and Dane. Even if he wasn’t her boss, Julia’s painful history has given her ample reason to steer clear of rich, powerful charmers. Still, their chemistry is unlike anything she’s known, and when it becomes too much to resist, they agree to one no-strings night together. But instead of quenching the fire, the intense encounter only proves how much they have to lose—or win…
Review: This lush story combines sensual imagery and engaging characters in a story too intriguing to ignore. Especially great for those of us who love more mature characters (thirties and forties), they come to life in this book in colourful ways that engage both your heart and dreams. Great read!
Dane Harrison has something of a magic touch when it comes to properties. He’s opened several great, highly successful restaurants and hotels, but this time, he’s trying for something to set himself apart. And to do this, he needs a woman with fabulous stage presence, a quality voice, and amazing charisma and star power to be the headliner in the lounge of the brand new hotel, The Alexandra, that he’s opening in New York City. He’s been looking for months, but he’s finally found her in a martini bar in Long Island.
Julia Shay had come a long way from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where she’d meet her accompanist Kelvin Jones their freshman year. He and her friend Randi were as close to family as she had anymore. Her job as a secretary at a construction company pays the bills, but it’s music she really loves– but the dream of doing it full time has been over for a while. It died when all her dreams were crushed more than twelve years ago.
But if what this man is offering is true, maybe they can be revived? Getting paid enough to live on just to sing? Amazing! Her tour of the hotel is incredible and one of the best perks is the man himself–but their six-year age difference makes her feel like a cougar. He doesn’t seem to care, though, and as their business relationship grows, so does the sexual tension.
The Harrison’s are a family of non-committers, thanks in large part to their parent’s horrible relationship example. Charles as the oldest had married, only to divorce after a loveless trainwreck of a marriage. Dane’s sister Tessa had a couple of broken engagements under her belt, the last one resulting in a vow to never again. Youngest brother Pierce had left the country; which left Dane, the man whore, a charming sobriquet awarded to him by society newspapers. So when his relationship with the sultry singer passed business and slammed into personal, he didn’t know what was going on.
And neither did she. She’d been destroyed by one handsome playboy on the past and had lost everything; was letting herself get close to Dane a quick ride to a second heartbreak? This time, her dream job was on the line…
Smoky, sexy, and hot, this is a wonderful romance full of wonderful moments and fiery emotion; vivid and descriptive imagery that takes you right into the hearts and minds of these two adults who’ve learned not to trust love…but are desperate for a second chance.
Great read, especially if you’ve been looking for a romance with older characters (35-42).