Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A Perfect 10...BLACKMAILED INTO BED by Heidi Betts

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A Perfect 10
Silhouette Desire #1779
ISBN-10: 0-373-76779-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-76779-3
February 2007
Short Contemporary Romance

Gabriel’s Crossing, Texas ~ Present Day

Twenty years ago, Chase Ramsey was a teenage boy spurned by the rich Elena Sanchez. Elena felt a bit guilty over her actions, but when you’re a teenage girl trying to fit in with your friends, sometimes your ego rules over your heart. Now a wealthy businessman, Chase holds the power to bring down Elena’s family’s business. She arrives at Chase’s office to beg for compassion and time to save the company, but instead, he makes her an outrageous offer: in exchange for his backing off, she will agree to be his mistress. What is even more shocking is that Elena accepts.

Chase never forgot that snub and is going to enjoy having Elena at his mercy. He figures she’s nothing but an empty-headed socialite who’ll provide him with hours of amusement in and out of bed. Much to his surprise, she’s intelligent and compassionate, and he soon finds he can’t get enough of her. The more he makes love to Elena, the harder it becomes to toss her aside as part of his revenge to acquire her family’s company and humiliate her into submission. When the time comes for Chase to make his choice, what will he decide?

Whew! What can I say about a story that is so hot it will singe your fingers? The love scenes, well, there are plenty of them, with a variety that will have readers wondering where Chase and Elena will make love next. If you think this plot sounds almost like an Americanized Harlequin Presents, then you aren’t far off the mark. Chase may appear cruel and immature for letting something that happened years ago affect him still, but, oh, my, the man is sexy as sin.

Elena may have been raised with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she’s a sweet, gracious person who suddenly finds herself with out of control lust for Chase. She doesn’t have to care what happens to her father’s company since she doesn’t even work there, but she makes an attempt to try to stave off Chase’s bid. Once she’s involved with Chase, however, Elena will do anything to keep him in bed and dreads the day he’ll drop her. The sensual interaction between Chase and Elena sizzles right from the first page of BLACKMAILED INTO BED and provides readers with a very compelling couple to enjoy.

BLACKMAILED INTO BED is loosely tied to BEDDED THEN WED, as the hero of that story, Mitch, is Chase’s brother, but each can be read alone, as there is only minimal interaction between the brothers. Heidi Betts promises a story for Elena’s intriguing sister, Alandra, and I must admit I can’t wait.

With dazzling writing and fascinating characters, all pulled together into a captivating plot, BLACKMAILED INTO BED has my vote as one of the best books of 2007 so far. I couldn’t put it down, and it richly deserves a Perfect 10 rating! I highly recommend that you put BLACKMAILED INTO BED on your book shopping list today.

Patti Fischer

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