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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Bottom Line by Shelley Munro



The Bottom Line by Shelley Munro
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, LTD
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (213 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Spicing up her sex life sounds exciting…until the fantasy hits the fan.

When Maggie Drummond buys an erotic romance novel by mistake, she gets more than an unexpected eyeful. She gets an introduction to a world that arouses her to a fever pitch. Spanking.

Her boyfriend isn’t interested in pushing his vanilla-flavored sexual boundaries. Then there’s Connor Grey, who haunts her fantasies like a magical genie. As a source of masculine advice for her and her female friends, he’s off limits. The only safe place to explore her fetish is her anonymous blog.

The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, he can finally—carefully—make his move. Given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross. But for Maggie? Anything the lady wants.

As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add some sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her. Especially Connor…

Maggie and her friends are as close as can be. The four girls and Connor, no one can separate them and no secrets are kept. That is until Connor asks Maggie for more. Can she break the pact that they all made against getting involved with Conner or will Maggie let happiness pass her by?

This book took me by surprise. I went in thinking it would be a quick fluffy read but, as it turns out, this story was a great read full of emotion and depth. I really enjoyed the bond between the girls and Connor. Each one of the girls comes with her own baggage, but is special in her own way and Connor is a great man who cares about his friends and is willing to fight for their friendship.

Maggie is a sweet girl who is tired of being treated badly and finds herself ready to explore in her sex life. The love that blooms between Connor and Maggie was a beautiful read. I loved the way Maggie stands up to Greg, her ex, who does not seem to take no for an answer. The great culmination of all of the girls' and Connor's efforts was a beautiful read.

Shelley Munro does a wonderful job of catching the reader’s attention and keeping it all the way to the end. With characters that endear themselves to you, and those that make you hate them, this is a book that should not be missed. I will be sure to keep an eye out for more from this author in the future.

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