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UNDER THE INFLUENCE
NANCY WARREN
ISBN: 9780373794560/ 9781426827532
February 2009
Harlequin Blaze
www.eharlequin.com
Paperback/ eBook
$4.99 U.S./$5.99 CAN-Paperback; $4.50-eBook
218 Pages
Passion/Forbidden Fantasies Miniseries
Rating: 4 Cups

Natalie Fanshaw's life revolves around her work and what she can do for people and their business. When a business needs to upgrade or glamorize their looks or their employees, they turn to Natalie for help.

Johnny Santini has what he considers the dream job for any surfer. He lives on the beach, parties until dawn, sleeps with a different woman whenever he gets the urge, and wakes to the sound of the waves crashing.

When Natalie first spots Johnny, it is over a bar top with decorations of Valentine's Day hanging over her head. With everyone else coupled for the holiday, it makes her already lonely love life seem that much more depressing. Johnny spots Natalie and right away can tell she needs to loosen up a bit. She is working in one of the most beautiful locations with a beach at her disposal. Soon, the sexy bartender has her loosening up in bed and in life, but what will happen when it is time for Natalie to go home, minus the heart that wants to stay with the footloose bachelor?

What I love most about Under the Influence is how different Johnny and Natalie are; their personalities could not be any different. Yet Ms. Warren has written them to fit perfectly in this story, giving it a fairytale feeling and making it a great read all around. The only part that bothered me is that I did not get to see why Johnny is the way he is, leaving me to question why he has the carefree bachelor lust-for-them-and-leave-them attitude. We get to see Natalie go from being an uptight, stressed-out workaholic to a much looser, more stable woman who can enjoy her work and her own life. Johnny comes across as the surfer dude, someone who would skip out on work just to catch the perfect wave, when in fact he is nothing like that. This book with its frivolous atmosphere and carefree mood will keep you entertained and give you a light-hearted feeling that will make you smile and sigh when the book is over. This novel is a keepsake for those dreary days when you need a pick-me-up.

Danielle
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