Just coming off a bitter divorce, Cassie Hill finds herself on the brink of financial ruin. As a last resort, she reluctantly requests a pay hike from her dedicated chauvinist of a boss, museum director Arthur Northrup. Not one to relinquish such a situation and coming at a time when the Museum has just had a prized Rubens stolen, Arthur offers her services as assistant to international playboy/art bounty hunter Bobby Serre when he comes to take up the case.
Not pleased by this manipulation and resentful of Bobby’s power and easy charisma, Cassie still can’t help but drool over this hunk’s smoldering sex appeal. Covertly, Bobby too is bowled over by this beautiful and unwanted assistant of his but feels intrigued by her no-nonsense attitude, refreshing honesty, lack of manipulative behavior, and most of all, her unawareness of her own staggering sexuality. With such seething volcanic passions, before long the erotic and imaginative bedroom games begin. But despite their growing closeness, they’re each aware this is a passing thing and not a lifelong commitment. Or is it?
Susan Johnson has a well-established reputation for writing sophisticated erotic stories, and this book is no exception. While the plot is thin, it has an emotional complexity to it that more than makes up for any other weakness. Cassie’s situation as a recently-divorced woman suffering from a resultant lack of finances and self-confidence is sure to strike a chord with many readers. Her journey from defeated woman to sex goddess makes a spellbinding read. Oozing charm, boundless sex appeal and sensitivity to a woman’s feelings and needs, both in and out of bed, Bobby initially seems a perfect hero, too good to be true. As the story progresses, readers are made aware of his inner insecurities, but his flaws only make him even more appealing. Together, this duo love and fight with an intensity that’s scorching, passionate and out-and-out entertaining. The underlying mystery of the stolen painting is also quite good. Johnson uses all her skills and experience to once again captivate her readers, both new and old.