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Payback - by Rose Middleton
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Category: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Length: Novelette
MSRP/List Price: $3.99
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Description: Once upon a time, Alexis Benedict and Lorenzo De Luca were lovers and thick as thieves, literally, but the romance died when a job went wrong and Lorenzo left Alexis behind. Alexis has plotted her revenge for five years, and the privately owned cruise ship, the Lazarus, gives her the perfect opportunity. With the world’s largest sapphire on display and Lorenzo guaranteed to be in attendance, Alexis has every step planned in the finest detail. Alexis never factored in the strength of the chemistry between her and Lorenzo, and when she discovers the life and death reason why he needs the sapphire, Alexis must decide between her desire for revenge and Lorenzo’s freedom.

To My Readers: According to my heroine, Alexis, revenge is a dish best served hot, on the high seas, and garnished with the biggest sapphire you can imagine. Our hero, Lorenzo, won’t know what hit him!

ISBN: 9781603102384 1603102388 Publication Date: 11/01/2008
Rating: 4 Stars star_full.gifstar_full.gifstar_full.gifstar_full.gif

Heat level: H

Five years ago Lorenzo De Luca made the mistake of leaving Alexis to take the fall on a job. Now Lorenzo is about to embark on the biggest jewel heist of his life and he needs total concentration, but the entertainment might be more than he bargained for. Alexis has spent the last five years fuming that her once lover and best friend would leave her to take the blame for a heist gone bad, but it was time well spent. She has made certain that everything is in order, and this time De Luca will be the one sitting in a jail cell. If only she can keep her eye on the goal and off the delectable Lorenzo De Luca.

Payback was a great rainy day read. The characters were both strong, yet determined to make things work in their favor. Both characters were fun, and I didn’t have any trouble relating to either of them. There were several secondary characters, and they all worked to keep this story believable as well as moving along. There are no slow moments and from the first page to the last I was captivated. The sexual tension is thick and the sexual scenes are hot, although there were not as many as I would have liked. My only regret is that this story wasn’t longer. I would have liked to learn more about these jewel thieves. If you are in the mood for a fast ride on the wild, and not-so-legal-side, Payback is a very good choice.

~~Stefani Clayton~~Just Erotic Romance Reviews

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