American Beauty

Author: Ashley Ladd

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: September 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: EBOOK

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Dressed in "satin, lace and high heels with a gold hoop earring that hung to his shoulder and his macramé handbag" police Lieutenant Bradley Mueller was a sight to behold. He STILL couldn’t believe that his Captain was making him do this, going undercover as a gay man so he could rent a room in the house next door to where they were sure a chop shop was operating. It was just his luck that the woman who owned the house wouldn’t rent to a "straight" guy. The whole situation was made worse by the fact that the Captain has made him swear to totally forego women while he was on this assignment, so he won’t blow his cover. He was going to blow his top if he had to live very long in this house with his sexy landlady and not act on the instant attraction that he had felt for her.

He’s not the only one in danger of blowing his top; Kirsty is in competition with her gay boss for Brad’s affections. She can’t believe that the first guy she is attracted to after her jerk of a fiancee walks out on her is gay, talk about rotten luck. But when the ex comes over to get the rest of his things out of her house she talks Brad into pretending to be her boyfriend so she can save face. He does such a good job that she just can’t believe that he doesn’t feel some attraction for her. When her friend and co-worker suggest that she seduce him to save him from his gayness their boss overhears and bets her that she can’t do it. She takes that bet – and wins. Once Brad has given in to the temptation he no longer tries to resist her but he still hasn’t told her that he’s not gay. She just thinks he likes both men and women so she is very upset when she realizes that she has fallen in love with him. In the mean time, the police have been gathering information about the chop shop and just when Brad thinks that the case is wrapped up and he can tell Kirsty the truth he realizes that she may be in serious danger.

In, American Beauty, Ms. Hopper has created a man that every woman would love to have. He is strong, confident, sexy, good-looking, caring, romantic, protective and you and he could share clothes. Poor Brad, I felt sorry for him the whole time I was laughing at him. He takes everything in stride and the only time he loses his temper is when somebody messes with Kirsty. This book will have you alternately chuckling and then reaching for the fan, as Ms. Hopper turns up the heat in this unique and sexy romantic comedy. Between the humor, the sexual sparks and the bad guys this one has something for everyone and I have to ask: How could you NOT like this book? A keeper, definitely.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Missy Andrews

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