by Dawn Atkins

July 2003
ISBN: 0-373-79097-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #93
Mass Market Paperback

Kara Collier can’t separate sex from love, and constantly dives into relationships too quickly. When the romance is over, she is left to deal with her shattered dreams of happily-ever-after. In charges her assertive best friend Tina, a man-eater of the first order, to suggest that she needs to learn how to enjoy sex without complications. Tina even goes so far as to suggest the perfect partner for this exploration - Kara’s best guy friend, Ross Gabriel, who has a string of ladies a mile long, and a phobia for commitment.

Kara is horrified. How could she possibly sacrifice her relationship with Ross to satisfy an “itch”? Could they ever be friends again? Kara admits that she finds Ross attractive, but feels that she knows way too much about him to think of him on a sexual level.

When Kara tells him about Tina’s idea, he is also worried about their friendship. Besides, Kara is too serious and buttoned-up for him. He prefers his women adventurous and spontaneous. She plans things down the last detail and has a list for everything. They couldn’t possibly be compatible sexually. Still, Kara is down in the dumps, so he decides to tease her with a friendly kiss.....

This is the start of an amazing seduction. While determined to keep their friendship entact, Kara and Ross explore the sensual side of their natures with several alter egos and disguises. Friendly Persuasion is an innovative approach to a common romance theme, and is written so compellingly that you might just be tempted to try some of the scenarios with your own partner!

Reviewed in July 2003 by Paula.

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