Book: Lead Me On
Author: Victoria Dahl
Rating: Five Stars
Wickedly delightful are the first words that come to mind when reading Victoria Dahl. And that means ANYTHING by Dahl. Her Tumble Creek series cuts straight to the chase, with vividly quirky contemporary characters that might appear to live hum-drum lives but in actuality are anything but. Their personalities will stay long in your mind after the novel is done, or at least till you pick it up-which I am betting not long after you read it the first time.
Lead Me On is the sauciest of the three (out of Start Me Up and Talk Me Down) simply because Jane Morgan is hilariously such a compelling character. What reader wouldn’t identify with an uptight office manager who secretly yeans for a muscle-clad, inked beefcake in construction boots yet purposely dates staid conservative accountants. In fact her long line of extremely boring boyfriends is driving her crazy.
The best fun of Lead Me On is seeing this hilarious character come crashing straight into her desires (try as she might to fight them) and into the arms of hot and hunky (and yes, very tattooed) Billy Chase a delicious demolitions expert. One of the prevalent themes throughout Dahl’s books is that of being true to yourself and this is something readers will identify with. Coupled with the ready humor, steamy scenes, and genuine character building makes Lead Me On a fantastic read. Dahl takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery, as her characters come to terms with who they are. Jane has a lot of issues to resolve regarding her past, her family, and a jail-bound brother-not the least of is that Billy Chase is definitely giving her a run for her money. And what more can I say but that dynamite is not the only thing exploding between the Billy and Jane. By the time you finish the book, readers will be fanning themselves. Please do yourself a favor and read the book in front of the a/c!
Just count me in on the Victoria Dahl bandwagon!
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