SMART AND SEXY
Brava/Kensington Publishing Corp.
850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Rating: 4 cups
Bailey Sinclair, a grade school teacher and former model, is a woman in trouble and on the run. She is threatened by her dead husband’s investing partners who tell her that if she does not find the money her husband stole from them, they are going to kill her and everyone close to her, including her students. Terrified for herself and those around her, Bailey takes a chance and stows away on Noah Fisher’s plane, hoping he can get her safely to the first location she thinks the money might be hidden at. Even though she barely knows Noah, she feels a connection to him, as well as a bit of attraction.
Noah Fisher is a pilot who has flown Bailey and her husband when he was alive several times to the resorts that her husband was famous for constructing. Bailey has figured prominently in many of his fantasies, so to say he is surprised when she hijacks his plane would be an understatement. In spite of his irritation over her having hijacked him and his plane, instead of just asking him for help, he decides to assist her, at least in the beginning.
When the bad guys start showing up at the same time at every vacant resort Bailey and Noah go to looking for the money, Noah becomes suspicious that someone close to Bailey is tipping them off. As Noah and Bailey become closer and begin to fall in love, Bailey becomes more and more terrified that because of her something may happen to Noah. The turning point is when they become separated, and it is only luck and love that can save them.
Smart and Sexy is a fast-paced page-turner, and I could not put this book down until I had read the very last page! In a world where the bad guys are never far behind, and where you spend most of the book trying to tell who they are, Smart and Sexy is suspense driven to the max. Sensual and erotic, the lovemaking between Bailey and Noah is so hot it scorches the pages. The secondary characters are just as crucial to the plot as the main characters, and Ms. Shalvis does an excellent job of setting up for the next book in the series using them. I especially enjoyed reading about Bailey, because while she is a beautiful woman, and a strawberry blonde, she is not portrayed as a typical “dumb blonde” just because she happens to be one, rich, and a former model. Noah is sexy, and very endearing as the wounded alpha male. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!
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