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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl

Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (352 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Raw, animal magnetism…

…is a big red flag to prim and proper office manager Jane Morgan. After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison-jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys. So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps and steel-toed boots? The man blows things up for a living!

She gives herself one explosive, fantasy-filled night with Chase. The next day it's back to plain Jane and safe men.

But when her beloved brother becomes a murder suspect, it's Chase who comes to her rescue. And Jane discovers that a man who's been around the block knows a thing or two about uncovering the truth….

What happens when a rebel decides to shed her image and become a prude? Life gets boring and predictable. But what if a wild card is thrown into the mix? A wild card in the form of the very man she’s tried to stay away from since changing her colors. Sometimes, a zebra has to accept her stripes with a grin.

I know, I know, it sounds like I’m talking about a shifter story. In some ways it is, but not an animal shifter. No. In Lead Me On, Jane Morgan tries to shift away from her bad girl image. It’s what happens once she does that, well, you need to read this book to find out.

I’ve never read a Victoria Dahl book before this one. Mind you, there is another story that comes before this one, but you don’t have to read it to totally get this tale. Her descriptions are rich and you feel like you’re there with Jane and William.

I like the idea of a total change and the temptation to succumb to everything you really want. To me, I liken it to chocolate. You really shouldn’t eat that much, but when it’s there, I can’t help but imbibe. Jane’s the same way with William. She’s not into commitments and makes no bones about it.

But my favorite character in this story is truly William. Who doesn’t like a hero with rough edges and a heart of gold? Some might find the tattoos and the many references to his tattoos a bit irritating. It took away from the story a bit because the other characters act like William isn’t as good of a person because of his body art. I wanted to shout, oh please, just accept him. I also liked that William caught on to Jane’s game and refused to let her push him around. Some heroes do the same and come off like a jerk. For William, it endeared him to me.

I loved the secondary story and the need for William and Jane to be together in order to help her brother. I like seeing two opposites who aren’t that dissimilar having to work side by side for the common good.

If you want a book for a quiet, chilly night, then you need to read Lead Me On. This is one you won’t be able to put down.