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Sex and the Single Braddock - Sexy, breezy read

This book not only has a gorgeous cover but a great story within its pages.

Thanks to Sparkle for posting this over at IMRR. :-D

I was excited to see Harlequin releasing another bwwm IR novel. They seem to come out like Haley's comet over there so fellow fans like myself of this subgenre have to grab em while they can.

I'm happy to say that S&SB does not disappoint in all aspects of telling a great story. If you're like me and haven't read all of the Braddock series, you won't be lost a bit as all the Braddock siblings are explained in detail.

I won't rehash the synopsis as it is available in the link below on the HQN book page, but I will say what I really enjoyed about the book.

First of all it's characters. Shondra is a strong female without being too close offish. Due to her father's death she's a bit vulnerable and although she is really attracted to the hero (who's seriously a babe, who can blame her?) she wants to tread lightly considering his status in their company. I gotta say much props for the intro of the story to Ms. Amos. I love how the hero and heroine first meet and how they interact right from the beginning. The hero is strong minded, driven and also sensitive and romantic: everything the perfect hero is made of (where can I get me one of him?). I love how they play off each other and the sexual tension is there right from the start. I had to fan myself off now and then!

The loves are hot without being too overly sexual, so if any readers out there are a fan of hot loves scenes without being in your face, you'd be happy here. The race situation is mentioned but doesn't get in the way, which I think is a good thing. During the rise of IRs many bwwm romance books used to place race as a major obstacle and I'm glad it's mentioned here but not the driving force of their problems. Shondra and Connor are mainly treated as a man and woman trying to find a way to each other's hearts despite the workplace and despite the recent death in Shondra's family.

Ms. Amos had me laughing at the interaction between Shondra and Connor, especially over music: he loves hip hop (she's not too familair with it) and she loves country (he's not too familiar with it) and during a private jet ride to Monte Carlo they discuss this. One of the best lines of the book are in this scene and it's a cheeky one that comes from Connor after they realize the music difference:

"I think we both owe it to our people to fit our assigned stereotypes better."


LOL she had me rolling during this scene and I can could so imagine the facial expressions and voices as they verbally sparred back and forth. And just like a great storytelling, a few moments later she nearly had me in tears right there with the hero and heroine as they relived their respective familial losses.

If I had to gripe about one thing I'd say I was kind of bummed about the ending being a happy for now rather than happily ever after. I guess I'm kind of traditional in that I like the couple to make it official with a wedding down the road or at least an engagement. And the two characters felt like they were happy just being physical with each other for now.

Overall, I'm really thankful I came across this book cause it seriously rocks and I highly recommend it for a nice breezy romance with a side of mystery in your late summer reading. This book gets added to my list of the best of 2008!

Sex & the Single Braddock is not available in print until September 1st, but you can buy the ebook which is available now from the Harlequin site.

Go forth and read!

Comments

Danielle said…
Hi this is Dr. D from the IRR Amazon forum. rreview definitely helped me think about buying it. I really like settled HEA endings. I get a little bummed when books end like that. Thanks for the warning. I'll check this one out. I feel like I should buy it anyway just to support IR romances. I do goofy stuff like that.

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