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Slow Hands (Harlequin Blaze) by Leslie Kelly
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Cute story, if a little predictable. ( )
  cranberrytarts | Sep 22, 2013 |
Slow Hands
3 Stars

Due to her emotionally dysfunctional family and cheating ex, Maddy has built up impenetrable barriers against men and love that slowly begin melting when she meets Jake Wallace, a hunky paramedic who she mistakes for a male escort.

While Jake and Maddy have sizzling chemistry, this cannot compensate for the contrived and predictable plot and the one dimensional characters. Maddy's insecurities quickly begin to grate on the nerves, and sexy, sweet Jake is simply too good to be true. Moreover, the secret keeping goes on for far too long and became annoying as it always does in contemporary romance.

The resolution is pathetically obvious and if this hadn't been free for Kindle, I probably wouldn't have bothered. Nevertheless, it has its moments and could have been a lot worse. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Apr 2, 2013 |
Fun, sexy romance. A "comfort" book... ( )
  KrisinKW | Feb 29, 2012 |
Full review posted at Reader's Edyn. Please stop by for excerpts and dialogue highlights: http://bit.ly/AvM3eT


This story is created around a misunderstanding – a mistaken identity. A fledgling graphic company has misplaced information about two of the men up for auction at an upcoming charity event. They have a 50/50 chance of guessing right … they are wrong.

Madeline is the polar opposite of her beautiful sister Tabitha. She is responsible, hard-working, and has morals while Tabitha lives life in the fast lane. When Tabitha gets word that her step-mother is about to buy a man at an auction, Madeline shrugs it off. But when Tabitha reveals that this particular man is a male escort, the two hatch a plan to thwart their potentially promiscuous step-mother. Madeline goes to the event and outbids everyone, effectively purchasing the gigolo for an evening.

Jake is a paramedic and has been finagled into auctioning himself up for the good of charity. While standing back stage, he catches sight of Madeline and is intrigued. Imagine his surprise when the woman he is attracted to is the one who wins him. But his plans go sideways when Maddy bolts. Jake is perplexed, obtains her information, and sets out to make good on his paid-for evening with Maddy.

This story is pretty cute and incredibly hot. While much of it is predictable, I was still drawn into the characters and their mistaken assumptions. Maddy is the type that sells herself short. She works her tail off and leaves little time for herself to do other than fantasize about a life outside of work. But Maddy is unaware that her whole family wants to see her happy in love with a lot less focus on work. She ends up offering to pay the persistent Jake for his services: services that include escorting Maddy to a wedding and posing as her boyfriend for a month. This is what Jake does for a living, so the situation should work out well for both of them, right?

Jake takes a while to figure out why Maddy has made such assumptions about him. When he does, he vows to make her see the real him and what they could be together. But not just yet … first he has a job to fulfill. Jake is the all-around good old American boy. He has his values and priorities straight and he is a gorgeous paramedic. Yowza! Did I just say Yowza? *face palm* That was a bit much perhaps. Anyway, I enjoyed my time spent getting to know Maddy, Jake, and the story surrounding them as secrets and truth come to light. But let me caution you that this story is not for the faint of heart – or rather those that offend in the presence of rather descriptive sex scenes because there are plenty of them. Hey, Jake’s supposed to be an escort, so why not play the part, right? Paramedic, hot sex … I’m trying to see a down side here. But in the end, we are treated to a story in which love just might be found in the strangest of places and circumstance.

(Digital book purchased for personal library) ( )
  GzNKz4evr | Jan 13, 2012 |
A great read... fast-paced, witty, and fun. ( )
  island_reader | Jan 4, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373794061, Mass Market Paperback)

His price? Pure pleasure...

This is Maddy Turner's lucky day. The civilized society girl just bid on sexy rogue Jake Wallace at a charity bachelor auction--and won! But Maddy knows Jake's dirty little secret. And it should keep her from trying out her new boy toy. Too bad she can't stop herself from indulging in raw, quite uncivilized sex all the same....

Jake Wallace is utterly bewitched by Maddy--and utterly bewildered. How can this tantalizing woman melt so rapturously under his ministrations one moment, then turn into a haughty queen the next? He's determined to get to the bottom of Maddy's agenda. One slow, delicious inch at a time...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:21 -0400)

This is Maddy Turner's lucky day. The civilized society girl just bid on sexy rogue Jake Wallace at a charity bachelor auction and won! But Maddy knows Jake's dirty little secret, and it should keep her from trying out her new boy toy. Too bad she can't stop herself.… (more)

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