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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Return to Delight by Regina Carlysle

Return to Delight by Regina Carlysle
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

Harley June Baker left Delight thinking never to return, but when circumstances draw her back to this tiny town and straight into Cooper’s strong arms, she knows she’s in deep trouble. The man she’d loved and left behind is now one sexy devil-in-denim and hotter than a Texas summer night. With his every wicked touch throwing her senses into overdrive, how could any sane woman resist?

Cooper Dobbs is a man on a mission. He let Harley get away once, but never again. Knowing it’s time to burn up some sheets with the delectable woman, Cooper plies her with a raw, savage passion that threatens to incinerate them both. It’s gonna take plenty of panty-drenching sex and a fair amount of sweet-talkin’ to make Harley his, but Cooper reckons he’s up to the challenge.

You know what they say, there's no place like home... especially if the love of your life is still there.

Harley is back in town and if Cooper has anything to say about it, she won't be leaving again. He aims to take a little stroll down memory lane with her and show her how good it was and can be again. Their mutual physical attraction is instantaneous, but what feelings lay hidden in that beautiful body are still a mystery to him and one is he is intent on solving.

For Harley, Cooper was the man that all other men could never measure up to. Their young love was fierce and intense, but there was nothing and no one who could stop Harley from leaving Delight to pursue her boot designing dreams. Now that she is a success and fast becoming a household name, it's only time to return to Delight and take care of some unfinished business. Namely putting her childhood home up on the market and getting one insanely sexy Cooper Dobbs out of her system.

Incredibly, no matter how much time has passed there are some people you just never completely get over. Cooper and Harley are the perfect example. They both took off on different routes towards success and a tragic twist of fate brought them back together. That old spark is still there, but this time they've both matured and are looking for permanence. The obstacle is the distance between the current status of their lives, so how do they find the balance? Is there one?

Ms. Carlysle was able to visually transport the reader to the town of Delight and allow us to experience this story of second chances. Regardless of the short length of the story, the emotions and chemistry between Cooper and Harley are palpable. Even the slight accents of the characters are easily read. This small town showcases some of the best things that small towns have to offer, namely gossipers and other colorful characters. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ms. Carlysle decided to expand on it with another story since it seems they might have a story to be told as well. If she does, I'll be first in line to read it.

Haven't read a Regina Carlysle story? Well wait no more and pick up Return to Delight for a wonderfully romantic and erotic Texas experience.

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