Let Them Talk
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Date of Publication: January 20, 2015
Number of pages: 224
A risqué book club inspires three women to be naughty…Excerpt:
Sydney Tate is writing a fictional erotic diary inspired by the town's mouthwateringly hot mayor, Matthew Stone. Then her "diary" disappears…and suddenly Matthew is bringing all of Sydney's secret fantasies to life!
TALK OF THE TOWN
Armed with a seduction how-to guide, librarian Isabel Bennett is pulling out every trick in the book to tempt Sean Hawkins. The oh-so-sexy businessman is about to find out just how bad this good girl can be…
Laura Dawson is desperate to get her gorgeous neighbor, Connor Adams, into her bed. So she turns to an aphrodisiac cookbook to serve up the most tantalizing, irresistible dish Connor has ever seen…herself.
There was something different in the way he looked at her today. His light blue eyes held a predatory gleam.Review:
Impossible. The man had no interest in hunting her. It was wishful thinking on her part.
"Why are you here, Sean? I don't remember you coming into the library before." She tilted her head as she considered his lack of visits. "Do you have a library card?"
"I wanted to talk to you about your book club," he said. "I want in."
She blinked a few times. She couldn't possibly have heard that correctly. "Excuse me?"
"I want to join your book club."
He seemed serious. "Why?" The word dragged out of her mouth.
"Why do most people join a book club? To discuss books and read something out of their comfort zone."
Isabel frowned. "You only read e-mails and business magazines."
"True." Sean nodded. "Time to broaden my horizons, don't you think?"
"No. What are you up to, Sean?" She couldn't figure out what his angle could be.
"When's your next meeting?"
She straightened her shoulders. No, no, no. He wasn't going to invade her book club. She wasn't going to have him ask provocative questions or slice through her arguments. Okay, so that would be welcome in most book clubs, but she wasn't going to share her thoughts with him about these books. "It's by invitation only."
"Then invite me."
She shivered at his low and rough voice. "No."
"You wouldn't understand." Their meetings were her safe place. A time to bounce ideas off her friends and ask questions. After plenty of Sunday dinners with Sean, she knew the book club's discussions would completely deteriorate into a battle of wills if he was there.
Sean rested his chin against his hand. "Are you worried that I would learn all your secrets? Find out all the tricks and tips from your readings?"
It was a concern. Knowledge was power. These books emboldened her and she was learning how to reach out and take what she wanted. But the bold side of her wasn't fully formed, and she couldn't discuss these subjects with him until it was.
"I want to join the book club," he said firmly.
"No." Never. Not going to happen.
I was very interested in this book when I saw that it was basically a story told in three parts. Lori Foster and Nora Roberts have both done something similar and I enjoyed their take on it. So I was very much looking forward to another version. In this book, we have three small town friends, banding together to form a blacklisted book club when they are kicked out of town's long standing reading group for being just a bit too progressive in their reading choices.
The story begins with newest in town, newspaper reporter Sydney. Next comes Isobel, the good girl librarian and then concludes with the wild child Laura. These are three very different women, each finding inspiration and love with the help of a book banned by the town's book club. The change of POV from story to story, not only gets us into each woman's thoughts, but helps to see her from her friend's perspective with their interactions with each other.
There is also a very important fourth woman, present throughout: Doris Brown, retired nurse and town busy body. But not in a malicious way. No, Miss Doris just seems to know which buttons to push to keep everyone moving in the direction she wants them to go. She was a fantastic character I would have loved to have seen more of.
With this broken up into three "novella" style stories, the emphasis is on the romance of each of the women. There is no insta-love, as each of the women have some history with their men. It's like skipping ahead to the drama and climax of each romance. The author did a great job with keeping each story tight and on point, though this means most of the backgrounds, back story and family connections are sacrificed. Overall, I enjoyed the book and gave this 4 stars.
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Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online. Visit her website at www.susannacarr.com.
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