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STRONG AND SEXY
JILL SHALVIS
ISBN# (10) 0-7582-2182-7/(13) 978-0-7582-2182-7
January 2008
Brava/Kensington Publishing Corp.
850 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Trade Paperback
$14.00
304 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 cups

Dani Peterson is a zoologist, and her family’s resident looney, or at least that is what they tell everyone. Even though her mother’s last husband left her some money she has decided not to claim it, preferring instead to make it on her own. She detests the lifestyle her mother and step-siblings live and wants no part of it.

Shayne Mahoney is a pilot and part owner of Sky High Air. He came from money but instead of relying on that and his family to get him by financially, he chose to sink his trust fund into the company, and he could not be happier with that decision. While he has always had good luck with women, his luck seems to be running out when the last three women he dates turn him down for a second date.

When Dani shows up at her mother’s engagement party at Sky High Air, she just wants to make an appearance and then disappear. Shayne spots Dani right off and is instantly intrigued by the woman with two pencils holding her hair up and a sandal that is missing a heel. He attempts to help her and Dani is just as dazzled as he is, but thinks he cannot possibly really want her, especially once he finds she is her mother’s “crazy” daughter. When Shayne spills two glasses of champagne down the front of Dani’s dress, it all goes down hill from there. Dani ends up in a closet with Shayne kissing under some mistletoe, which she loves. However, when she finally does make it out of the building, she runs into a murder taking place. At that point things begin to escalate and Dani is sure Shayne thinks she is nuts, especially when there is no body, blood or gun. However, when Dani is shot at, and then attacked, Shayne is sure someone is trying to hurt her, but who? While they try to ferret out a killer, Dani and Shayne act on their mutual attraction becoming quite close, but Dani does not think Shayne is the sort to stick. Will he be able to prove to her otherwise before her would be murderer gets the job done?

Strong and Sexy is one hell of a thrill ride! The story lived up to all my expectations. I adored Dani as the square peg that never quite fit into the round holes in her family. I admired her courage in refusing to accept her stepfather’s inheritance even though it would have made her life easier. I roared with laughter as Shayne kept trying to figure Dani out, as well as her reactions to things. Shayne is just the sort of strong-minded but gentle hero that Dani needs. The lovemaking is riddled with emotion making these parts of the book ones to be savored slowly. The suspense kept me riveted from page one. This is the second installment about the men of Sky High Air, and I highly recommend it!

Regina
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