Author: Carly Phillips
Read copy: eBook
Published: August 1, 2009
Detective Kane McDermott might be fighting a bad case of burnout, but that doesn't mean he's taking things easy. His latest assignment is to investigate Kayla Luck, to discover if the etiquette school she runs for awkward businessmen is really some kind of escort service. It looks cut-and-dried...until he sets eyes on Kayla. She's smart, but she's also trusting to a fault--and the heat that flares up between them keeps getting in the way of Kane's best intentions. But if Kayla ever suspects his real motives, Kane will be the one who ends up getting burned....
Another template: they meet under false pretenses, she falls for him, he’s wracked with guilt, she discovers his secrets, decides to help him despite his lies, he keeps pushing her away, she’s in danger and he realizes he loves her, but he still pushes her away, until the very end when he realizes he cannot live without her.
It started great, I loved the premise of a male-polishing-school possibly being the cover for an escort service and the police sending someone undercover, someone who cannot possibly use the male-polishing-school services, but the heroine is so naïve she buys it...
Unfortunately the whole thing quickly fizzled when the heroine started to get annoying and the hero started to be the brooding Alpha that’s so popular in nowadays Harlequin/Silhouette brand – the I-don’t-need-anybody loner type. Yeah, the insecure heroine and the strong, silent hero are the norm nowadays, but these two went a little overboard with the whole whining and chest-thumping.
What could’ve kept the story afloat was the “conflict”, but that was resolved too quickly and a little too easily, making the fizzle of the story complete.
This was my first CP book and it will probably also be my last.