by Jill Shalvis

November 2002
ISBN: 0-373-79067-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #63
Mass Market Paperback

Cassie Tremaine Montgomery has come along way from Pleasentville, Ohio. Cassie had left for New York as soon as she could and eventually become a successful model. She had spent a lifetime trying to prove that she wasn't like her mother, Flo who was known for seducing men just because she could.

Fate has brought Cassie back to Pleasentville. She is being stalked by an aquaintance who doesn't want to take no for an answer, so she heads back to the one place no one will think to look for her, Pleasentville.

Cassie gets pulled over for speeding almost the minute she hits the city limits by the sheriff, Sean "Tag" Taggart. He is sexy as sin and they have an instant attraction. One Cassie doesn't want to act upon because she doesn't trust anyone from the town to see her as anything but the daughter of the town tramp. She also has a history with Tag's father as he was one of the many people who tried to hit on her as she was growing up.

Cassie decides to shake things up in the town and convinces her friend, Kate to open a branch of her successful "Bare Essentials" boutique in Pleasentville. Bare Essentials sells things to make both men and women blush. Just the thing to set the town on its ear and prove that both Cassie and Kate have made a success of themselves despite what the townsfolk might think to the contrary.

Fate keeps bringing Tag and Cassie together. He sees her sampling some of the new store's wares and is smitten with her to say the least. Both Tag and Cassie must overcome the events of the past in order to have a future together.

With her first Blaze, Ms Shalvis proves she is talented at writing spicy and sensual stories with the best of them. Naughty But Nice is a grand story of local girl from the wrong side of the tracks coming back to show them all she is much more than meets the eye.

The scene where Tag catches Cassie trying on the merchandise is especially hot and it gets hotter from there. I have enjoyed Ms Shalvis' stories for many years and am glad to see her broaden her writing style with a sexier more sensuous style of writing found in Naughty But Nice. I look forward to more blazing books from Ms Shalvis in the future.

Reviewed in November 2002 by Barbara.

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