I must admit before I begin this review that I am an avid Brenda Jackson afficionada. I have read her entire catalogue of books and liked every one. My expectations for her books are extremely high and she has never disappointed me yet and this book is no exception. The story grabbed my attention from the very first page. Nikki Cartwright and Jonas Steele are both gorgeous, intelligent, talented, sexy, and want something different in a romance. Nikki wants happily ever after with one man and Jonas wants happily ever after with a different woman every day.
Nikki is Jonas sister-in-law’s best friend which means that they run into each other quite often at family gatherings. Jonas runs an up and coming Marketing firm where he has used Nikki’s services as a freelance photographer on several successful projects. Eighteen months ago, Nikki and Jonas shared an extremely sensual kiss which made Jonas run for the hills until now. Presently, he has just been offered an account that could take his firm to the next level but he needs the best photographer for the marketing campaign and Nikki is the best. Nikki is hesitant about accepting the job because she was secretly almost in love with Jonas and didn’t want her heart broken by being so close to Jonas for an extended period of time. Jonas won’t take no for an answer and he does everything in his power to get her to accept his job offer.
As both Nikki and Jonas had anticipated, their being in each other’s company made the sparks come fast and furious between them. Their closeness just oozed sexual chemistry. They could barely keep their hands off each other and they made every excuse to be in each other’s company. Jonas learned what love really means and Nikki learned how to give her all in hopes of obtaining her dreams of babies and a happy marriage. I really loved how these two evolved and recognized their needs as they learned to be a loving couple. This might have been an unorthodox courting, but if agreeing to your own “private arrangements” helps you to get what you want most in life is well worth it.
I enjoyed reading about family members and friends of Ms. Jackson’s core fictional families and this book is just one more that I can add to my keeper file. I, enthusiasticly, give this book an Excellent recommendation with two thumbs up.