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Friday, May 15, 2009

Brazen by Carly Phillips

Brazen by Carly Phillips
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (251 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

She's the perfect daughter ... almost.

Samantha Reed is willing to settle into marriage as a trophy wife to a wealthy older man—if it will help her aging father pay off his debts. But not before having her first, last and only fling—cramming a lifetime's worth of lust into one weekend. When her car breaks down near a roadside tavern, she sets her sights on a sexy bartender—the perfect man for her love-him-and-leave-him fantasy. Only it never occurs to Samantha that she might fall in love—or that Mac might have a few fantasies of his own ...

She’s got money problems brought on by her father’s gambling. He’s got money because of his father’s resort. She wants a one-night stand with a man she desires before she takes the plunge with a man she detests. He wants to be loved for who he is. Can they find common ground? If they’re Brazen enough, they just might.

Carly Phillips’ books never cease to amuse me. Her characters are convincing and fun. Her writing is fresh and exciting in each novel. Brazen was no exception.

I liked the heroine, Samantha. She strives to be an independent woman, but she lets her father depend on her. She strives to be a wanton woman, when she really has body issues shared by many women. She was relatable in that sense. Who looks at themselves naked in a mirror and knows they look good? Few. Who has the nerve to accept the challenge while a sexy man looks on? Even fewer, but Samantha does.

As the hero, Ryan “Mac” Mackenzie embodied the typical sexy man. Tall, dark, and handsome with a mustache. He also moonlights as an average guy to keep the gold diggers at bay. Very smart.

I liked that the characters grew within the story and learned to accept themselves and their faults. Some can never do that.

If you want a fun read, with unforgettable characters and a dazzling story, then Brazen is the novel for you. I give this book 5 books.