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Friday, November 26, 2010

Sophie and the Scorching Sicilian by Kim Lawrence

Sophie and the Scorching Sicilian by Kim Lawrence
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (187 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

The Balfour girls are glitzy, glamorous and gorgeous—except Sophie. Convinced she's dumpy and plain, she avoids the limelight. But her father has had enough of Sophie hiding herself away. He's arranged a job for her to boost her self-confidence.

Working for gorgeous Sicilian Marco Speranza is a revelation. Sophie knows that she's not pretty enough to catch the eye of such a powerful man, yet he seems determined to seduce her. Does the gorgeous billionaire have an ulterior motive?

I loved the heroine’s sassy mouth, the waterbed and even the broken hero because all together they made this book a terrific read.

Sophie Balfour is the wallflower sibling. She’s hidden from herself for what seems like forever and fate and her father had had enough. The poor girl was kicked out of her family home to find her path in life and she ended up finding so much more. What did it take to get this mouse of a girl to turn into a virago vixen? A man, of course. I had so much fun reading about Sophie’s reaction to Marco. She reminded me of a hissing kitten – with all her fur sticking straight up and back arched. The things she said to him and his reactions to her were grin-worthy and oftentimes hysterically funny. When she figures out that she has seductive powers over Marco, she blossoms and there were many wonderful scenes of them together as she explored her fledgling skills of love.

Marco is one of those rich men who was badly treated by a woman – a typical gold digger with a low standard of morals. He’s emotionally damaged and he feels he has no hope of ever being truly happy. His heart is stuck in a frigid wasteland and business is all he focuses on. You know that saying, “You can never go home again”? Well, that is what Marco thought until a strange set of circumstances thrust Sophie into his life. Once she got her way and spread her influence within the walls of his home, she not only proved he could go back home but it would eventually be better than it ever was. The journey getting to that point however is where all the great action happens.

One of the things I liked about this book is the dance of their romance. It was a slow buildup and a reader can see their feelings for each other growing although neither recognizes what they truly mean to each other until an external dramatic event occurs. At that moment it was like ripping off a band-aid only to realize that the wound had healed sometime ago, they just needed the courage to face their feelings and admit it out loud. What a poignant moment!

Sophie and the Scorching Sicilian is a totally entertaining romance with a lot of heart, fun, tender emotion and some awesome seduction scenes. When the author titled this book “Scorching Sicilian”, she wasn’t kidding. I adored the waterbed scene because for me it captured the essence of the relationship between Sophie and Marcus. There’s a naughty and nice vibe going on that really hit my happy buttons. I think readers are going enjoy reading this book as I most certainly have. It’s a well written romance with a happily ever after just the way I like them. I think Marco’s final line says it all. Read it and see.