by Alison Kent

August 2003
ISBN: 0-73-79103-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #99
Mass Market Paperback

Melanie Craine is ambitious, very intelligent, and feeling the pressure of keeping the gIRL business thriving in the midst of the romantic haze that is enveloping a number of her colleagues. The last thing she needs is an attractive videographer rattling her chains and setting off bells in inappropriate places. Jacob Faulkner is all set to videotape a wedding. It’s a small affair, but one to which he brings his customary expertise. An expertise he fully intends will take him to the hot professional world of New York and big-scale productions. The last thing he needs is a luscious control-freak like Melanie upsetting his plans.

Yes, folks, the inimitable Alison Kent does it again – pairing two incendiary people in an affair hot enough to scorch your eyebrows off. Jacob is seized with a desire to prick Melanie’s bubble of self-sufficiency, but gets more than he bargained for when Melanie turns the tables on him and sets him on fire with a very private tape of her own. The previous gIRL gEAR novels have been fun, exciting, hot and sexy. This is all of that with the added joy of two quite remarkable lovers coming to terms with each other and trying to adjust their lives accordingly.

Watching Melanie learn that self-control is not always a good thing is a treat, especially when she succumbs to the gorgeous Jacob and lets her sensual side free. Jacob, for his part, is exactly the kind of man we all would give our back teeth for (and where were these guys when I was dating?) – handsome, funny, and full of passion when it comes to the art of lovemaking.

Striptease is contemporary romance at its hottest and most fulfilling. Not only will the sex scenes make you sweat, but the honesty of Mel and Jacob will touch your heart. Real emotions, real people – a really great read! I highly recommend this book, and don’t forget to grab the other gIRL gEAR stories – they all put a brand new and sensual spin on sex – in any city.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Celia.

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