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Friday, July 16, 2010

Rhythm of Love by J. Hali Steele



Rhythm of Love by J. Hali Steele
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Carter Gates, amateur Latin ballroom dancer, is ready to make a move on his sexy new assistant. Bree intoxicates him and her lithe body makes it hard to keep his hands to himself. But Carter has one rule—hands off the staff. His body isn’t listening.

Bree’s no better off. She has a taste for her new boss, one she can’t quench. Hiding the fact she’s best friends with his dance partner, she slips into a revealing outfit and his arms…just for one night of sexy, hot competition and a highly erotic tango that gives new meaning to “going up in flames”.

Bree’s friend has other ideas—she wants to keep Carter for herself. However, after spending a passionate evening in Carter’s arms, and his bed, Bree wants more. And she’s determined to get it.

Work and play should never mix, unless it's really, really, hot.

J. Hali Steele writes compelling stories that draw the reader in from the first page. Rhythm of Love is no exception. The characters are life-like, interesting, and fresh. There are plot twists in this story I never saw coming and loved.

"Opposites attract" stories are some of my favorites. Bree and Carter really aren’t a matched set, well, not in their minds. A boss and a secretary shouldn’t have sexual relations, should they? Anything is possible when the aspect of love and dance is involved. It’s not a new concept, but Ms. Steele writes the story in a fresh way that I couldn’t put the story down.

Bree’s had an attraction to Carter from the moment she started working for him. She’s a strong woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. I liked her determination. She’s a real role model for women.

Carter, though he’s a delicious man to look at, has got a weakness — Bree. I loved the connection to her and how she weakened his knees each time she strode into the office. There were times when I thought he acted a bit leashed, but I liked the realism — a man in love ready and willing to romance her. The pairing is hot, hot, hot and I loved every moment of it.

The antagonist in this story, though she’s not a nice person, was one of my favorites. Why? Because she’s conniving, rotten, and gives everyone a run for their money. I love characters that keep things lively and she’s right on the mark.

If you want a story that’s a little left of center, but worth the read, then you need to read Rhythm of Love. I give this story 4 cherries.

1 comment:

J Hali said...

Tiger Lily, thanks! This story was a joy to write and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hmmm...Cara!

Thanks again!