Closing the Deal by Marie Harte
Publisher: Samhain Publishing.
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/F, anal sex, toys
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Lotus
When stubborn meets sexy, love is up for grabs…but one of them is playing for keeps.
Derrick Warren has lusted after Sydney Fields ever since he first spotted her, and after months of intense phone conversations, he’s finally got the delectable redhead all to himself.
All he has to do is let the old Warren magic do its thing…until an ex with an axe to grind shows up. Before he knows it, the perfect date ends with Sydney’s wine in his lap. Now she’s not taking his calls. To his utter shock, he realizes he’s going to have to work to win her over.
Thanks to her mother’s bad example, Sydney is determined to never need a man. Just when she’s moved Derrick to her “loser” column, though, she’s tricked into giving him another chance. To her surprise, he not only satisfies her deepest sexual fantasies, she finds herself actually craving his company.
But when she realizes they’re making love, not just having sex, her old instincts kick in. Because she’s starting to like the man, not just his body.
And that, more than anything else, scares the hell out of her...
Sexy architect meets sexy real estate agent with sparks flying every which way! Problems? Not in the bedroom or anywhere else they can creatively take care of their attraction to each other.
Derrick Warren is an architect who works with his younger brother at their construction company. Derrick has been looking forward to going out with Sydney Fields for a while. However, on their very first date, disaster strikes in the form of a jealous ex-girlfriend.
Sydney's a real estate agent who met Derrick through her best friend. She has enjoyed many deep phone conversations with Derrick and thought a date with him would be great. Little did she know that Derrick wouldn’t stand up for her against his ex-girlfriend.
Can Derrick redeem himself? He tries hard to come up with ways to convince Sydney to forgive him. Sydney's revealed to have relationship issues due to her mother’s personal problems but that's a side story. Derrick needs to help Sydney overcome her reluctance to commit to a relationship with him. Being helpful are Derrick’s mother and twin brother who both happen to be psychiatrists.
It sounds like a fine book, so why the mid-level rating? Honestly, it is a good book but I had an issue with the way Derrick and Sydney sometimes came across in their dialogue. For professionals, they didn't always sound like it. Derrick especially sometimes sounds like a whiny teenager. However, their other attractive traits and the chemistry made up for this shortcoming.
Overall, this was an entertaining story with some very hot love scenes. It was definitely worth reading. Even though this story follows Enjoying the Show (which is about another Warren brother), it can be read as a stand alone story.