DOUBLE THE PLEASURE
by Julie Elizabeth Leto

August 2002
ISBN: 0-373-79053-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #49
Mass Market Paperback
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As her half of August’s “Double Bill”, Julie Elizabeth Leto has penned a story about Grey Masterson, the “sensible” half of the Masterson twins. Although how sensible it was to get involved with a publicity-mad siren, and then have all one’s sexual experiences plastered across the tabloids and detailed in a tell-all book is hard to say.


Grey is searching for peace, for a time to himself when he can stop re-living past follies and start reorganizing his life. The solution? Trade places with his twin! Okay, so it’s a premise that has been covered in everything from fairy tales to television series, but in the skilled hands of Ms. Leto, it works just fine. Grey and Zane are physically identical which makes the initial switch easy, and sensually enough alike in temperament to make the following events logical.


Reina Price, jewelry designer, needs help and turns to her landlord and casual friend, Zane Masterson. She’s puzzled that all of a sudden, Zane is making her very hot and bothered. Grey, on the other hand, is amazed at his reaction to this lovely woman and the problems that beset her. He’s thrilled to learn that Zane never made it into bed with Reina – that pleasure is left to Grey!


This is a surprisingly sexual novel. Instead of the increasingly arousing sensuality we have come to anticipate from Blaze books, this is a very up-front look at a dynamically vibrant woman who knows what she likes in bed. It’s a refreshing change to find a heroine capable of making sexual decisions, without being gently led by the hero into a new world of sensuality. Reina wants Grey, likes to play, and is as uninhibited a woman as I’ve come across in my reading lately. She’s super and I liked her a lot.


The plot is acceptable, given that the romance between Grey and Reina is the most important part of the story, and the secondary characters all do just fine. But the fire that erupts between these two lovers is what keeps those pages frantically turning, and brings a smile to the face at the end of the story. It’s a fun and exciting read, with lots of hot and sexy goings-on! I can’t wait to read the other half of this charming double bill, written by Susan Kearney - Double The Thrill.


Reviewed in September 2002 by Celia.

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