Monday, February 22, 2010

Mr. Strictly Business by Day Leclaire

Mr. Strictly Business (Silhouette Desire) Mr. Strictly Business by Day Leclaire

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
What does a man do when his lover leaves him, and he's never going to get over her? And one day she comes to his office, asking for his help? He makes an offer she can't refuse to get her back. That's what Gabe Piretti does in Mr. Strictly Business. As the saying goes, this story had me at hello.

This was a very good story about love, and how the external and internal influences can break up a couple that truly should have stayed together. Fortunately, the future is not set in stone, and if we really work for something that we long for, we'll get it. Gabe was willing to work to earn Catherine back. He might be a corporate raider, but he's a man with a heart, and he had a lot more sensitivity that he is given credit for. Catherine had her reasons for leaving him. Reasons that were valid and quite heartbreaking. What upset me in this story is that neither of them picked up on what was tearing them apart and acted on it, the first time around. There was some real tragedy in that. But the good news, is that this couple will be stronger than ever now.

Ms. Leclaire is a very good writer. Her romances are enticing and keep my interest. I like and admire her characters, and her stories have some life and poignancy to them. This book definitely shows her strengths as a writer.

There are a few elements and tropes that are somewhat predictable, if you're a keen reader of series romances. But, you probably shouldn't read these if that will bother you too much to enjoy this book. Having said that, I did have some heartburn over 'the evil that men do' apparent in this story.

Mr. Strictly Business has some emotional depth, despite it being a short read. I recommend it to readers of series romance. Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

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