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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mr. Complete by Sheridon Smythe

Mr. Complete by Sheridon Smythe
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (272 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Hibiscus

"This is your lucky night. I just happen to be wearing black silk boxers." That was exactly the kind of confirmation Lydia Carmichael was looking for. Proof positive that the drop-dead gorgeous date provided by Mr. Complete Escort Services was a gigolo. All she had to do was lure that bad boy into her bed and she'd put the slimeballs out of business. But Lydia soon learned she wasn't cut out for this kind of under-the-covers work. Luke was not only hot with a capital H, he was also a considerate, caring man. As she discovered, there was a lot more beneath the surface than his sexy underwear and she found herself wanting to leave her tidy white-cotton life behind. If her secret wishes could come true, their bought-and-paid-for beginning would lead to a happily-ever-after ending that had nothing to do with money and everything to do with love.

This delightful story of gigolos, revenge and reversing the tables is fun, witty and fast-paced. I haven’t laughed so much while reading a book in a long time.

The story revolves around Lydia Carmichael and her quest to avenge her aunt. Lydia tells her plot, which is overheard by Luke, to expose Mr. Complete to her best friend Casey over lunch. Lydia is the owner of a spa in which many very funny scenes take place and Luke finds her--with her dark brown hair and eyes--quite attractive. I think Lydia does not see herself in the same light. I could tell she doubted herself since she didn’t have a boyfriend, nor ever experienced the "Big O".

L.J. (Luke) Reynolds owns Mr. Complete but he is fighting to keep it from being besmirched. Tall, dark and sexy with beautiful hazel eyes, he is the walking model for his company in my opinion. I loved how he decided to turn the tables, so to speak, on Lydia when he heard of her plan for his company. What I especially loved about Luke was how real he was. He cared for the children at Hope House. He babysat his employee’s child so he could work out to keep his job. Luke also had his moments, like when he caught himself in his zipper on his first date with Lydia or when he tells Bart about his cat. I would go from laughter to tears. When he started falling for Lydia, I could not wait to see what he would do next and if his plans would change or would he make Lydia “rue the day she thought to make a fool out of him”.

I loved that Mr. Complete was jammed packed with stories. From the rivalry between step-brothers, to the police detective and his quest, to the inhabitants of Hope House and Casey’s marriage; the stories kept me pulling for so many of the characters and wondering what would happen next. Mrs. Scuttle was a riot, especially her scene with Jet and the bite. Tears of laughter were running from my eyes. Greg was another of my favorite characters in the story. The stir he created at the spa along with the services he tells he had done had me grinning from ear-to-ear.

Mr. Complete was originally released in 2004 and I am glad that it has been re-released. This is one book that brought a smile to my face and I know that I will read it over and over.