ISBN: 9780345504326-Print/ 9780345523129-eBook
One World Books, a division of Random House Inc.
256 Pages-Print/ 240 Pages-eBook
Rating: 3 Cups
Lyfe was a gang member, a street man, surviving on his instincts alone until Payton "saved" him. Now he owes her everything, and she makes sure he knows that.
Arri has led a tragic life; her mother abandoned her when she was young and her sister soon followed. By the time she was twelve, she was raising herself anyway she could, just making sure she could feed herself.
Payton knows that Lyfe is frustrated with how she treats him. But he needs to show her some respect, especially since she has made him, and she can destroy him just as easily.
When Lyfe is sent to New York to check out part of his wife’s business, he does not expect to find a woman there who will captivate him from the beginning. But that is just what Arri does, simply by being herself. As their passion for each other flares, they cannot keep their hands off each other. But Payton has spies everywhere and when she catches wind of his affair, she is determined to break it up. Even if it means death.
To be completely honest, I had a hard time getting into Smooth Operator. Not only is some of the language hard for me to understand, but I did not find all of the affairs to be in the least entertaining. I struggled to see how Lyfe would put up with Payton and why he would if he were not there for the money. The saving grace in this novel was the ending. Risqué definitely had some tricks up her sleeve as the last few pages revealed quite a few shocking details. While it is not a novel I will read again, I will say that for some it will be a delight.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More