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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hot Property by Lacey Diamond

Hot Property by Lacey Diamond
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (134 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Betsy Alexander rides a Harley to blow off steam after stressful work days peddling real estate in a soft market. She desperately needs a motorcycle ride after her first encounter with the arrogant hunk Skylar Blakewood. Then to find out the real estate developer snatched up the land she'd planned for her dream house and a hillside of Christmas trees, knocks her off her sturdy footing, literally.

Hot Property brings us into a fast paced world of immediate emotion, snap decisions, and two strong minded individuals. Betsy and Skylar share a certain outlook; they know what they want(and Like,) they are both used to achieving, and more importantly, both trust their own judgment. The interesting twist is that in both cases, we kind of hope their judgment is flawed… surely all men can’t be as unreliable as Betsy so sternly believes. Skylar wavers between enigmatic and rude, at times with no clear reason, but we do understand that he’s a self-made man, beyond tough, and with his eye constantly on the bottom line. In spite of all that, their attraction to one another is powerful and electric and totally believable. It is that attraction that carries all the reader’s hopes, and moves the plot forward.

From their first touch – a hot tingly handshake, the underlying sexual tension begins to play a role in the story, as well. And it’s frustrating! When Skylar invites her to dinner and Betsy refuses, readers will find themselves shouting, ‘What?? Are you Crazy?’ There are a myriad of moments exactly like that.

Loads of small details fill out this story. The background of real estate and Skylar’s development is just right, never overdone. There are some fun character details, like Betsy’s Hog (motorcycle) and the fact that Skylar’s ancient pick-up is coincidentally named ‘Old Betsy.’ The great point here is that details remain background and never intrude into this very focused story. Attraction and resultant frustration are the chief emotions. This is a quick and engaging read.