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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Every Girl’s Secret Fantasy by Robyn Grady

Every Girl’s Secret Fantasy by Robyn Grady
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (186 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Mechanic Pace Brodrick has stepped straight out of prim Phoebe's wildest fantasy—oil slicked and dangerously sexy, he's her perfect Mr. Right Now! Phoebe's long overdue on some excitement—and Pace's wicked smile guarantees she'll have the thrill of her life!

Then Pace discovers the temptress behind Phoebe's good-girl facade! She drives him wild—but will she want their fling to last forever when she discovers Pace has been lying to her all along? For this bad boy is actually a secret millionaire….

He’s a mechanic and she’s a T.V. show hostess and while he has the hots for her, she won’t allow herself to fall. It’s the perfect recipe for a sensual clash of wills that will keep a reader turning the pages.

Phoebe is a good girl. At least she intends to be because she knows all too well what happens when she lets her hormones speak for her. Thing is, this time around it’s not just her hormones talking, it’s her heart and she stubbornly refuses to listen. During the course of the story a reader finds out why she is so determined to stand her ground and not succumb to her wants. She feels woefully inadequate in the passion department. She’s unfortunately helped along with her self-doubt and it’s reinforced pretty much every day. Who in the world could ever grow and spread their wings when they’re always being clipped? Phoebe needed a kind of guy that wouldn’t give up on her.

Pace is that kind of man. Of course readers will know why he qualifies because it’s basically who his is. For all intents and purposes, Pace isn’t a quitter. He has confidence in most of his abilities although he is man enough to admit that he’s not perfect. In fact that is what I liked about his character. He didn’t have airs; he knows he has limitations and he’s had to eat humble pie because of it. I think that kept him grounded and better able to handle himself and it also put him in a position to grow up when the time was right. I enjoyed his idea of wooing. I wouldn’t mind a bit of that largess myself.

I liked the seduction of Phoebe. I enjoyed the fact that Pace was not put off by her attitude and that he could read between her words of ‘no’. He knew she was interested and was patient and classy in his pursuit of her. Okay, so maybe making her ride on his bike wasn’t necessarily classy, but it sure was hot. And it opened the door for him. I loved the part about the flowers; it was a whole other level of romantic.

Another dynamic I appreciated was the relationship between Pace and his brother, Nick. I felt it added to the personal drama in the story and rounded out Pace to be a more lifelike character. Although there is the satisfying happily ever after between Pace and Phoebe, there is another family type of happily ever after that made me joyous when I read about it. I thought it was a nice touch and amped the emotional quotient of the story.

Every Girl’s Secret Fantasy is a cute story that makes a lazy afternoon breeze by as a reader enjoys a classic style romance. There’s even a sense of justice in the book and it reminds me of an old but fun Johnny Paycheck song. It was a high-five type of scene. Read it and see for yourself.