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Friday, July 16, 2010

Seductive Illusion by Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer

Seductive Illusion by Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (86 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

For Sonia, winning the Valentine’s Singles Cruise is an opportunity to escape her fantasies about Chase and find a real man to fulfill them. Evan brings her screaming orgasms, inventive sex and a new appreciation of every erotic zone in her body. After just two nights with him, there isn’t a part of her he hasn’t licked, penetrated or tormented to fulfillment.

As the relationship builds and the sex grows hotter, she finds herself pushing away memories of Chase. But on the third night of the cruise, the night of Valentine’s Day, Evan has a major surprise for Sonia—and her life is about to turn upside down.

Sonia Caffey's been fantasizing about her boss, CEO Chase Malone for as long as she can remember. As the story opens, an office party is about to begin, but she's reluctant to attend. However, it's Chase who talks her into joining the fun.

Sonia's surprised to learn that she's won a Valentine's Day cruise aboard Masquerade Lines. This isn't just any cruise, but one where the guests wear masks to keep their identities a secret.

Shortly after the ship sets sail, she meets two men, Mark and Trent, who both seem very interested in her. But it's at her assigned table that she meets a man named Evan whose cologne reminds her of Chase. They're both attracted to one another and begin a relationship during the cruise. The question is, can he make her forget all about Chase?

This book is a fun read. It's a fast-paced, hot story. I really liked Sonia because she's not the perfect woman we read about in many books. She's your average, every day girl who most of us can identify with - a working girl who just happens to be in love with her boss, but feels he's out of her league. However, it seems that fate is handing her a chance to have her happily ever after.

When Sonia won the prize for the cruise and stepped on board, I really wanted her to fall in love with someone who could love her back, but in the back of my mind I was also hoping Chase would realize what a great person she was and pursue her. As the book progressed and she met Evan, I guessed where the story was going and I think that's maybe what spoiled it somewhat for me. However, having said that, maybe the authors intended us to figure out just what was happening so we could cheer just that much louder for Sonia. The dialogue is very natural sounding and the pacing just right for this short read that will have you smiling all the way to the last page.

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