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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hired by Lily Harlem

Hired by Lily Harlem
Hot Ice, #1
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (128 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

One hundred grand to babysit bad boy Logan “Phoenix” Taylor on a paradise island—seriously, how bad could he be?

Frankly, it didn’t matter. Not when it would make my dreams of going to nursing school possible. I wasn’t even expected to talk to him, just hang out in a luxurious villa on a private beach and study. Simple, right?

But I hadn’t counted on Logan being so deliciously bad that he was oh so good. And when the temperature cranked to boiling point, he knew just how to satisfy the deepest, darkest part of my soul and give my body exactly what it needed. Amongst the sand and waves, we transported each other to an exquisite world of pleasure where only we existed, only we mattered.

But the heady mix of emotions and lust couldn’t keep things from spiraling out of control back in reality, where I had to keep the secret that I’d been hired to entertain him…even if it shattered my delicate heart. Even if it cost my destiny.

If a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is, but what happens if the deal is just too good to pass up? Even karmic payback won't get in the way.

Brooke’s life has never been easy. Her parents died when she was young, which led to the uprooting of her entire life. Her friend since childhood, Giselle, is now the only person Brooke can depend on. After a long overdue break-up with a boyfriend, Brooke turns to Giselle for a place to stay while she picks up the pieces of her life. Giselle’s line of work has afforded her an extremely comfortable lifestyle, but Brooke longs for a more fulfilling career in nursing. Just one thing stands in the way of attaining her dream – money. So when the opportunity of a lifetime is presented, Brooke accepts under one condition – no sex.

Logan is the star bad boy hockey player in desperate need of anger management. His reputation has earned him many loyal followers in the form of “rink bunnies” and paparazzi, but this has also lead to one too many times in the penalty box and not enough team wins. Too many career and personal foul-up’s have forced the team’s owner to send Logan on a retreat to get his act together. The retreat was designed to get Logan’s head back in the game, yet it also gave him something completely unexpected.

Ms. Harlem has now given me a newfound appreciation for hockey. Reading this story leaves little doubt that Ms. Harlem is a fan of the sport and now I am too! Readers should expect to be immediately drawn into the story and not allowed to leave until the last page. The dialogue and scenes flowed effortlessly.

Having a major focus on Brooke and Logan allows the reader to really connect and experience everything with them. It made for some intense emotional reading. The intimacy scenes between Brooke and Logan are exquisitely erotic with a dominating edge that will leave the reader breathless after reading each one.

Looking for a fantastic story with sun, sand, surf, and sizzling sex? Look no further! This new series is sure to please.

1 comment:

Lily Harlem said...

Dahlia - I am thrilled that you enjoyed HIRED.

The sequel CROSS-CHECKED was released this week at EC and stars Brick, who you have already met.

Thank you for reading HIRED and for an awesome review.

Lily x