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Monday, April 5, 2010

Head Over Heels by Paris Brandon

Head Over Heels-Red Stilettos by Paris Brandon
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Bella Jacienski literally falls into sexy philanthropist Rhys Vincent’s arms while wearing her “magic” red stilettos, and wonders if the legend attached to the shoes is true. Has she found her heart’s desire—a passionate, lust-crazed lover who wants only her? Always and forever?

Rhys can’t keep his big hands off the curvy shopkeeper. Her smile captivates him and her lush body has him behaving like a he-man Neanderthal. Heated glances and sizzling touches turn into a hot office interlude and wild, break-the-bed sex that only makes him want her more. Bella is all the magic he needs.

Head Over Heels is part of The Red Stiletto series about the legend of Ava Darling, Hollywood bombshell who in 1959 and while in Rome, has a pair of custom made red stilettos made. Within hours of wearing them she meets and falls in love with Charles Stratton III and the two have a whirlwind wedding.

Now in the present day, Bella Jacineski is at the Stratton Mansion where Ava’s shoes are being auctioned. Legend has when you wear them you get your heart’s desire. And Bella wants them. When she wins the auction she and her two friends decide to take turns wearing the shoes. Bella will be the first one.

The legend is obviously true because while she’s working in her store, Bella’s Treasures, in strolls Rhys Vincent who catches her when she almost tumbles off a ladder. Seems he’s the perfect man, and the ultimate lover and possibly the guy who can bring her heart’s desire.

The characters were very likeable, the dialogue natural sounding. This is a very sexy read and my only problem with it is the story lacked depth. We only get to know the couple during their sexual encounters. Besides us finding out what happened when Bella wore the red shoes, there was little else in the story. I know these are supposed to be short reads but I think a sub plot would have added so much more to what is I think a great idea for a series.

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