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Friday, March 13, 2009

Facing Facts by Helen Ravell

Facing Facts by Helen Ravell
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (151 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Whenever Gemma is near her gorgeous new boss, she is overcome by the desire to channel a 1930’s sex goddess; put on her best sexy pout, and whisper. “Whatever you want, the answer is, yes.”

“Yes” is the answer Nick wants. But his only commitments are to his yacht, and his nomadic lifestyle. How can Gemma believe him when he says this time, he wants forever?

Especially when he’s already broken one important promise.

Gemma Brown has distinct ideas of how the company she works for should be run. Unfortunately after a few drinks at a staff party, she tells the new CEO exactly what should be done. The next day, convinced she is going to get the sack, she is surprised when Nick Matheson compliments her on her ideas and makes her a temporary assistant to the Head of Client Services.

Nick is instantly attracted to Gemma, but realizes private and business lives must be kept separate. Unfortunately when business life includes Gemma he very much wants to mix the two.

Gemma is convinced Nick is giving her chance to prove herself. If she's successful he will make her Head of Client Services when the present incumbent retires. She acts as if it's a done deal, and this annoys and irritates several of her co-workers. She is aware of the attraction between her and Nick, but also knows they cannot allow any private life to interfere with work. Unfortunately their feelings for each other create a tension which flares up every time they meet.

Eventually they give in to their passion. Gemma is surprised when Nick hauls her over the coals about the changes she has made while he has been away. She consoles herself with the thought he cannot afford to be seen making allowances for her. The job she considers hers goes to someone else and she explodes, resigns and shuts herself up at home for several days. Any chance of a relationship between her and Nick is now over.

The first few pages of this book were pleasant to read. Young woman gets drunk at office party and tells boss what she thinks of him. I looked forward to seeing how Gemma got herself out of the situation. Unfortunately the further I got into the story, the more I began to dislike Gemma. She had a superior attitude when it came to co-workers and immediate bosses, but she also seemed to be using Nick for personal advancement and gratification. I did wonder if she was like this because she didn't want to admit to herself that she and Nick had a chance at a relationship, but if this was the case she kept it very much a secret, even from herself. The heroine's attitude made a pleasant story difficult to get into.

On the other hand Nick is drop dead gorgeous. Just the type of man any woman would want in her life. Handsome, successful in his career and able to lavish attention on the woman he loves. He's also wealthy enough to give his woman all she desires.

So despite my issues with the heroine, I enjoyed the plot and the hero enough to say that this story is something short and sweet to while away a few hours on a rainy afternoon.