by Toni Blake

September 2004
ISBN: 0-446-6186-6-
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

The cover will catch your eye. A brilliant full-blown red rose, so lifelike that you expect to smell it, beckons you to pick up the book. A quick flip to the back cover reveals that this is a book about secrets and hidden desires. Should you read it? Absolutely!

Lauren Ash looks like she has it all - looks, brains and the family business. There is something missing in her life, though. She feels the need for that personal connection, the human interaction that casual sex does not bring. She keeps her deepest fantasies in her red diary, the only place that she can reveal what she really needs.

Nick Armstrong may be a subcontractor for Ash Builders, but he has no liking for the company, or its owner, Henry Ash. When his next painting assignment is to paint the private home of Lauren Ash, Henryís daughter, Nick decides to keep this job for himself. It should be interesting to see how the other half lives. Intent upon finding some information about the company, Nick discovers something far more interesting - a diary filled with the most sensual encounters he can imagine. Perhaps he can use this information to his advantage, find a way to break through Laurenís reserve.

The Red Diary is a book that you will not want to put down, even though you may need a cold shower! Nick and Laurenís encounters scorch the pages, and the diary entries are sure to encourage some new variations for partners to try. Donít assume, though, that the sexual pull is all that there is in this book. The Red Diary is a fantastic look at family, friends and love from many perspectives. Ms. Blake has written an evocative and touching novel that will clog your throat with emotion even as it simmers through your blood.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Paula.

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