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Friday, October 7, 2011

Sex, Gossip and Rock & Roll by Nicola Marsh

Sex, Gossip and Rock & Roll by Nicola Marsh
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (192 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Iris

In all her time as premier tour manager to Australia's stars, Charli Chambers has never had someone as infuriating—or delectable!—as successful businessman Luca Petrelli along for the ride. He might always be in the gossip columns, but there's no way she's letting him claim VIP status!

But Luca's wicked eyes are just too tempting. In spite of herself, Charli's soon attending after-parties—just for two. She wants to believe this is one duet that's about to go platinum, but in spite of Luca being unprintably good in bed, can she ever get close enough to the real Luca for their fling to be more than just a one-hit wonder?

Set in Australia, this book reminds me of the old Mills and Boon Romances. Because of this, I had a lovely wave of nostalgia while reading this book. Having said that, please, be assured it is definitely a contemporary novel, and is completely set in the here and now.

One of the threads that caused the nostalgia was the constant verbal antagonism and misconceptions between the hero and the heroine. The near constant bickering was in direct contrast to the heat produced when they finally consummated their physical relationship.

I also enjoyed the fact that the story was set in Australia. This was not a main focus in the story, but rather, it just happened to be set there. There were some nice historical/descriptive sections when Charli was investigating places for Storm to take his son, or actually being in those places. It was a nice addition to the tension and bickering described in the rest of the story.

Luca, our hero, seems like many – sure of his dominance, and his “rightness”, and out to get what he wants. And Charli, while being a strong, independent woman, is grounded in rejection and self-doubt.

Luca’s Grandfather (and Charli’s boss) plays a pivotal role in their relationship. He’s kind of the “tie” that gift-wraps their relationship.

Nothing new, nothing ingenious about this story. But a nice read, and one that will put a smile on your face!