Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Author: Natalie Anderson
Line: Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon Modern Heat
Release month North America: March 2009/UK: February 2008
OZ/NZ: April 2008
The S-Factor: Sensual
When high-flying Daniel Graydon hires Lucy Delaney as a temporary bar manager, he doesn't expect much from her. Lucy is his complete opposite: carefree and fun-loving. He can't figure out why on earth he's so attracted to her!
The only thing Lucy and Daniel have in common is their reluctance to have a committed relationship. When one steamy night together is not enough, Lucy is offered a short-term contract in Daniel's bed…only to find she's falling for him, the one man she can't have….
Daniel and Lucy were as different as night and day. Natalie Anderson has captured their differences and passion for each other is a beautiful love story, Mistress Under Contract.
When Daniel’s cousin Laura asks him to take care of her trendy bar while she’s away and her bar manager makes a mess of things, Daniel seeks out the help of a “temp” agency and walks in to find the flamboyant Lucy applying for a temporary position. He notices how different she is from the women he is usually attracted to but there something about her and her sassy mouth that intrigues him. He’s desperate to hire a manager, so he takes a chance but soon learns that she never sticks around for long. That suits him fine, as he wants no relationship, no commitment, nothing from her other than her taking care of the bar. Daniel learned the hard way as a teenager when his mother left his workaholic father that commitment and marriage don’t work.
Daniel is quite the stunning lawyer. He’s wanted by his firm to become a partner, by the university to teach and there’s a possibility he might someday made a judge. He’s a workaholic where Lucy is not. They are so very different, at times it’s amusing to read and to watch this “buttoned up man” fall to Lucy’s charms.
Lucy is a very interesting character. She has spirit, determination to prove herself, soul and she takes nothing from anyone but she also has self esteem issues. She’s had several disappointments in life and she also does not commit. What Lucy doesn’t count on is she loves her position as manager and she literally turns the bar around, makes it profitable and has an incredible staff. She wants to stay for many reasons……as the manager and because of Daniel and what they share.
With Daniel being the successful lawyer and her going from job to job, their differences become apparent when one of his co-workers points that out to Lucy. You will ache for Lucy when the rug is pulled out from her but as this talented author Natalie Anderson pens her ending to Mistress Under Contract you will not want their incredible love story to end. The lessons from this story are lessons we should all learn…..faith, hope and trust.
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Reviewed by: Marilyn