The Good, the Bad, the Naughty by Lena Matthews
Publisher: Loose ID
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Cherokee Rose
Maryam James is a hard taskmaster. A balls-to-the-walls type of woman who started her company with nothing more than a strong idea and a loan and turned it into one of the Top Fortune 500 companies in America. There’s only one person she trusts implicitly and that’s her personal assistant Xavier Sun, who, much to her dismay, has just turned in his resignation.
Maryam is the one woman Xavier can’t live without. She may be in command in the boardroom, but he's in control in the bedroom, and if he learned anything from being by her side for the last seven years it was Maryam doesn’t know how to take ‘no’ for an answer. So it’s no surprise to him she basically forbids him to quit. Leaving is the last thing on Xavier mind, however. He’s willing to put his job on the line, if it will get Maryam to realize the depths of her feelings for him.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let me tell you why.
The Good, the Bad, and the Naughty is a quick read. However for a short story, Ms. Matthews does a good job of drawing the reader into the characters. She makes every word count! I found the love story between Maryam and Xavier to be believable, especially since both these characters have a history with each other as best friends and trusted co-workers. I liked Xavier's attempts to get Maryam to see him for who he really is, not an assistant to her, but the right man to be in her life, by her side.
I really like Xavier's character because he is different from most alpha heroes in that he is extremely tender and responsive to every detail that surrounds Maryam. He knows his woman inside out and that quality makes him extremely appealing as he wages his war to win Maryam's heart. This book doesn't go into detail about inter-racial relationships. I also thought the physical descriptions of the characters were very well done.
The writing is solid and the love scenes were pretty steamy, but most of all believable! I wanted this story to go on, but not because Ms. Matthews leaves you hanging as a reader, I just didn’t want the story to end.
Again, I really enjoyed this story. The Good, the Bad, and the Naughty is one that you will want to read over and over again. As a matter of fact, I already have. This is one book you don’t want to miss.