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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review - Lovestruck by KT Grant

Title : Lovestruck

Author: KT Grant

Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing

Buy Link: Buy Lovestruck Here!

Rating : You Need To Read

Reviewed By : Jodie Pierce

Story Blurb :

CEO hotel mogul Barbara Jennings has three months to decide whether to close her Manhattan hotel or cut costs by firing some of her employees. She meets her much-younger employee, Jennifer Caffey and is instantly smitten. Now Barbara has another mission, and that is to seduce the innocent Jenny.
Jenny is also attracted to the powerful and beautiful Barbara, but has never really had a steamy love affair with another woman. Unwittingly, she allows herself to be swept away by her passion for this older woman who may ruin her life.

Review :

Two strangers and spilled coffee ignite the spark that is carried out between these two main characters for the books entirety. A penthouse living, $1000 suit wearing, mid-thirty’s CEO of a privately owned chain of hotels gets coffee spilled on her. The young offender is a college student in jeans, a t-shirt, a baseball hat and backpack, the plain Jane type. A lightning bolt bounces between their hands as they touch in an attempt to wipe coffee off the briefcase. After leaving, a backward glance between the two women solidifies the secret lust between them.

Barbara Jennings is the CEO of Jennings Hotels, built by her Grandfather in the 1880’s after making his fortune in the California Gold Rush. She is beautiful, blonde and ruthless within the business world. Forbes Magazine did a piece on her and labeled her “The Barracuda” to describe her. However, the New York Hotel is in the “red” and she will have to start laying off people and/or close the doors permanently very soon. She has a buyer who is willing to come in and buy the whole thing from her and make the building into a new office building. She is reluctant so they strike up an arranged to give her time to think about it.

Jenny Caffey is a part-time student working towards a Business & Economics Degree while working at the St. Jennings Hotel full time. She has been there for a couple years so she knows the ins and outs of the place and is often left in charge. She is often called to come in and clean up the bosses’ desk who is a very unpleasant man but he is related to “The Barracuda” somewhere down the line so he gives himself special privileges around there. Jenny lives with a coworker Mike who is gay and has it bad for their fellow coworker Tonya’s brother who works at their local bar. Both coworkers know about Jenny’s sexual preference but neither are ready for what is about to happen.

Barbara comes down to the hotel to speak with the boss and inform him of the situation. While using the restroom she encounters Jenny and instantly recognizes her from the coffee shop over a month ago. She consoles her but the entire time her body is sexually on fire for this woman she barely knows. She goes on about her business but waits for Jenny to get off work and takes her to dinner under the premise of “work talk” but she is definitely more intimate than Jenny was suspecting. Jenny is a little uncomfortable but she too, is feeling the burning lust for Barbara with every touch. Barbara starts showing up at Jenny’s school (Jenny’s teacher is Barbara’s brother) and at work where she corners Jenny in one of the rooms. The electricity that runs through them during sex is something they’ve never felt with anyone else. They make plans to get together later. Jenny spends the night and it is the most sexually gratifying night either woman has had in a long time. Both women are starting to realize there could be more to this than just sex, though Barbara tends to think about sex a lot. Barbara asks Jenny’s ideas about the hotel and Jenny gives her a few really great ones. Barbara offers her a job as her personal assistant. Jenny reacts negatively and doesn’t want to mix what they have with business. They make up and the makeup sex is great too. Barbara knows the deal with the hotel but hopes to make a decision before Jenny finds out; however, Jenny, while cleaning the boss’s office phone heard him talking on it about a new job because this hotel was closing. Jenny became angry and hurt and refused to take Barbara’s calls and avoided her at work after telling her she knew all about the hotel’s situation. Barbara was also a wreck and unable to sleep. She would do anything to get Jenny back and she realized saving the hotel was the way to do it. She met with Kyle James, the Entrepreneur and Real Estate Investor and they came up with a plan to keep the hotel up for “for at least another century” Barbara told the employees at a staff meeting. Jenny was shocked but snuck out quickly, unsure what to say to Barbara. The book ends with Barbara and Jenny coming full circle back at the coffee house and Barbara spilling coffee on Jenny. Barbara had given Jenny an engagement ring and the two of them were totally in love. The State passed a bill on gay marriage making it legal in the spring of the next year.

This was a great book with only a minor issue in my humble opinion! The characters were very well developed as well as the setting and audience. There was a great plot and the story moved along with a fantastic climax! The story pulled me in and created a wonderful picture for me; however, the sex scenes left me looking for more of a visual. They were very well written and I understood what the author was saying but the images weren’t exploding through my brain which is what I’m looking for in a great story. However, again, I really liked the book and would definitely recommend it to others.

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