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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on May 31, 2016
Well, I went into this book thinking it was the start of a new series. It was new to me, but actually the 4th book in the series. Not knowing this I can honestly say you can read this as a stand alone and not feel confused. If there were past characters in the book, Anne did a great job of introducing them to me as new characters and I love the fact that I didn’t have to have a huge history with the book.
With a name like Eye Candy, what can you expect in a nightclub? Of course sexy men bartending with a funky beat to get the women dancing. While the club is all about women and getting hooked up, it also is a place where customers can relax and no hanky panky is allowed on the premises….unless you are the boss. An opening at Eye Candy sends “Chad” (aka undercover Detective Matt Dorchester) in to interview for the bartending opening. Not even the owner Eve Webber knows that she has an undercover cop working in her bar.
Eve is the owner of Eye Candy, a dream that she worked hard for after getting out of cubicle Hell. With a pastor father and a devoted mother, she constantly is battling their idea of what a woman should do with her life. Obviously it isn’t being a nightclub owner. Located on the East side of Lancaster, she is hoping for a revitalization project to help bring her dreams to reality, but when a childhood friend steps in to ask her to launder money, she goes straight to the cops.
Detective Matt Dorchester is an undercover cop sent into Eye Candy to watch things and protect Eve, without her knowledge. The police chief doesn’t trust her even after he too went to school with her. Matt is always doing things for other people without thought of what he wants in his life. He has stopped feeling, but when he meets Eve, he knows she is something special.
Circumstances bring these two together more and more as the drama escalates to a point where Eve is on a hit list. While I found this to be a good story, I had some problems with how the undercover cops handled things. Matt went home, to work and to Eye Candy without much in the way of hiding. Just a change in names, a fake FB account and fake job, it alls seemed like it could be easily found out if any bad guy just looked closely.
Matt is closed up and a hard worker. He was in the armed forces when his parents were in a fatal accident that paralyzed his much younger brother. Medical bills, outfitting a house to a wheel chair and getting a steady job have occupied Matt’s life. He is willing to help out his brother, but never accept help back from anyone. So he feels closed off when it comes to Eve. While she is just a job, he can’t seem to keep it in his pants.
Eve is a pretty dominant personality. She isn’t afraid of her sexuality, but also isn’t jumping every guy. I kind of didn’t like some of the double standards she seemed to have. She fires a bartender for meeting up with a customer in the parking lot, but it is find for “Chad” or Matt to do her in the stockroom. Her rules mostly surrounded what the staff can do with customers, but still, I wanted her to have a few standards in this instance. Eve fights a good fight with her family. She is loyal to her family and neighborhood, but stands up for what she feels is right.
These two are combustable when they come together, but you feel like Matt is holding himself back to not get involved with his heart. Eve could sense this and wanted the real man. It culminates into a climax that makes them both think and quickly come to an end. That is something that bothers me. Quick endings.
The story was intense and frightening at times with enough bedroom time to keep me on edge. I recommend this for anyone who likes closed up men with sticks up their asses or strong women, who go after what they want.
New to Me: Series
Literary Pickers: Business Suit