by Bertrice Small

June 2007
ISBN: 978-0-451-22131-5
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Ashley Kimbrough and Ryan Mulcahy are both in the same predicament. They both run extremely lucrative businesses and will lose everything if they donít marry by a certain date. They have mutual friends who suggest the two marry each other to solve their dilemma. After meeting, Ashley and Ryan decide they will make this yet another business deal. They will marry and in two years separate as neither will stipulates how long the marriage must last.

Neither one however expects to feel so much for the other. They are very compatible in bed, and find they enjoy each otherís company outside it as well. The biggest problem they have to deal with are Ryanís five older sisters who would have benefited the most had Ryan not married. Fortunately Ryanís younger sister and mother are both great women who immediately befriend Ashley.

The story itself was well thought out and appealing, but I had a few issues with the writing. Itís obvious this author has written historical romances for years and still has several expressions and descriptions that just donít make a good transition to a contemporary setting. The continuous use of characters full names was one particular nuisance as was the way they conversed. But my main problem with the book was ďthe ChannelĒ. I have not read the previous books in this series so went into this one without the previous information on this womenís virtual reality fantasy television station, and to me it was too sci-fi for an otherwise very contemporary tale. Maybe those familiar with the series and the concept of ďthe ChannelĒ can appreciate it more. Iíd also like to add that I donít have a problem with reading stories with bondage and light BDSM, but I donít find the act of whipping a slave until their back is scarred the least bit erotic, even if it is just a fantasy.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Jackie.

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