by Lori Foster

February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23298-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

The latest SBC book tackles rough and ready Drew Black, president of the SBC. He is in need of a makeover, at least according to the league owners. That is where Gillian Noode steps in. She is sure she can smooth over many of Drewís rough edges and help him be a little less tough and badass. But Drew does not have any plans to change. However, he definitely wants to get his hands on Gillian.

Gillian is sure she can resist Drew. She just wants to help him be a bit less volatile in public. It will not be an easy task because Gillian is attracted to Drew and he knows it. These two are going to have a round with each other, but who will come out the winner?

I was eagerly anticipating Back in Black because I loved Drewís personality in the previous books. He was a take no prisoners, say what is on my mind, kind of guy. Unfortunately, in this book that attitude seemed a bit toned down. Add to that Gillianís wishy-washy personality and this couple did not prove to be as dynamic as I had hoped. Gillian caves pretty easily to his advances and does not really stand firm on her professional position.

Also, as with most of the previous books, Lori Foster adds a secondary romance that took up much of the plot. I think Drew and Gillianís romance could have been stronger if so much of the book was not focused on another couple.

However, the pace of this story is swift and the love scenes are very potent. Drew and Gillian were a fun couple to read about, even if they were not quite as larger than life as I had hoped. This is not a bad novel by far, and readers of this series will definitely want to pick it up. Lori Foster pens a satisfactory story in Back in Black.

Reviewed in March 2010 by Sarah.

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