Debbie M. (Tafwin) reviewed Sex Appeal (Heat) (Harlequin Temptation, No 829) on
When Brent Bramwell first saw Shadow Callahan through her stores window, he was so taken aback that he forgot about the ice and slipped. She helps him as he admits that he suffered no physical injuries, but his psyche is a bit embarrassed.
Brent learns that Shadow is the proprietor of Sex Appeal, a novelty shop dedicated to having fun. She asks him to be one of her ten representatives in the Southwatch Malls sexiest man contest with the winner receiving several nice prizes. Brent delays his response and obtains a lunch date with Shadow.
Brent continues to see Shadow, but fails to inform her that he is the owner of the company that leases her mall space. Brent wants someone to want him and not his money.
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Everything I want in a romance book, May 1, 2001
Reviewer: Barbara O\'Neill (Danville, NH USA) - See all my reviews
When I buy a book by Lori Foster, I know I\'m going to get a steamy sizzling love story with a healthy dose of humor thrown in. SEX APPEAL gives me all that and more.
Shadow Callahan had Brent Bramwell falling at her feet. Literally. When he loses his footing outside her little shop, little did he know he\'d later lose his heart to the unconventional lady wearing a sweatshirt that warned, \"You\'ve been a bad boy. Go to my room.\" Shadow is need of a man. Well, three. That\'s the number she has left to recruit for her part in the strip mall\'s Love and Laughter contest and she\'d bound and determined to enlist Brent. Brent, on the other hand, is just as adamant about refusing. Not only does he own the strip mall(unbeknownst to Shadow) but entering a Hunk contest is not something a businessman of his stature does. But he doesn\'t stand a chance against Shadow\'s determination, especially when he finds himself falling for her romantically.
There\'s trouble brewing, though, when Shadow finds herself being stalked by a man who\'s insistent that *he* is the one for her. Anonymous phone calls give way to more sinister events, causing Brent to fear for her life. He takes steps to keep her safe, but Shadow bridles at what she sees as his controlling nature.
Throw in Brent\'s snooty ex-girlfriend and his equally snooty parents, add Ms. Foster\'s sizzling love scenes and the reader is in for a story with more steam than a sauna. Shadow is a woman who can hold her own, whether in the bedroom or restaurant. I applauded her attitude and outlook on life and felt she and Brent were quite well-matched.
From the back of the book:
She didn't want him to get the wrong idea.
Shadow Callahan was simply trying to corral ten to-die-for men when she propositioned Brent Bramwell. All the speciality shops in themall agreed that hosting a "sexiest man" contest would bring in female shoppers. Of course, she couldn't blame Brent for getting the wrong idea, since her shop, Sex Appeal, featured interesting...toys and such.
Or maybe it was the right idea.
Brent had always been an in-control kind of guy, with no time for playing games. But after meeting Shadow, he realized he was missing out on things. Fun things. Things he only wanted to do with her...