This is my
first time reading anything by Louise Bay and it won’t be the last. The title, sexy
book cover, the setting in London, and the synopsis pulled me in. The storyline
delivered on the elements of a contemporary romance novel sprinkled with some

Meet Nathan
Cove, a self-proclaimed playboy and the youngest CEO of Astro Holdings, an
insurance company. The paparazzi caught him meeting with Audrey Alpern (married
to his friend Mark) at 3 am at a drinking spot and started the gossip he was
having an affair with a married woman. The company’s board is concerned about his
Image and hires Gretel (PR professional) to fix his Image. Gretel tells Nathan
that she has reached out to a reporter at the Post to write an “in-depth
profile with all-access pass—no questions or parts of your life or business
off-limits.” Nathan reluctantly is onboard. 

He then attends
the wedding of a friend and meets Madison Shore. They hooked up at the wedding.
Madison goes to work on Monday to the Post and is surprised when she is
handed the assignment to profile Nathan, and everything becomes awkward when she
meets him at his office. But neither of them can deny their mutual sexual

To learn more about Nathan, Madison is invited to spend a weekend
with Nathan, his parents and his four brothers. While there, Nathan confesses a
secret about Mark that happened while they were at Oxford. Madison, however,
doesn’t share her own secret that she’s the daughter of Mandy Mason, the queen
of London gossip at the Mercury who is behind the article about Nathan
and Audrey.  What a tangled web.

 Overall, the
author did a great job with the storyline, character development, sex scenes, dialogue,
and intrigue. I loved that Nathan and Madison had to trust each other again
after a few hiccups but nothing they couldn’t work through after reviewing the
facts. Love conquered all as they made each other better by being with each
other. I enjoyed this novel and it’s one I would recommend! 

Some of my
favorite lines: 

“Well, the
Mercury is lobbing words like playboy and cheater and—”

“And none
of those words are accurate when describing me, so what’s your plan?” The board
had forced me to hire a PR person to repair my reputation as a playboy who was
more focused on women than his business, so she needed to do her job.

“My plan
is for you to tell me why you were with another man’s wife at Annabel’s at
three in the morning. It’s usually better to start with the truth.”

“She’s a
friend. We went out for some drinks.”

groaned on the other end of the line. She assumed I was lying. If I’d been
trying to cover up something sordid, maybe I would have. But I was telling the
truth. It just wasn’t the whole truth. 

Rating: 4

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Deliah Lawrence Attorney, Author, Blogger, Workshop Facilitator

Deliah Lawrence is a Maryland-based attorney and award-winning author of two romantic suspense novels (Gotta Let It Go and Gotta Get It Back) set in Baltimore. She’s also a blogger and workshop facilitator who writes poetry and short stories.

When Deliah isn’t writing, you can find her reading a book, indulging in her addiction to investigation discovery shows; or painting her yet-to-be exhibited oil artworks of landscapes, portraits or whatever else comes to her creative mind. Constantly on the go, she is also a member of the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland and Sisters in Crime.