When reformed bad girl Maria Lewis takes a dull job in local government back in her home town, the quiet life she was looking for is quickly disrupted by the enigmatic presence of her boss, Director Robert Stone. A dangerous and unlikely object of lust, Stone touches something deep in Maria's sensual psyche and draws her to an erotic underworld, a far cry from life in the dusty offices of Borough Hall.
©2007 Portia Da Costa; (P)2007 Virgin Books Ltd
"Imaginative, playful, and a lot of fun." (For Women)
Though more graphic than the usually boring, formulaic Harlequin Blaze novels, this book wasn't as extreme as some of the "erotica" out there. It was fun and sexy and I felt the hero was adorable, human and lovable, even when being dominant. The heroine was interesting in her willingness to try something new.
I enjoyed the playful nature of the book and the narrator was spot on. While it wasn't as hard core as it could have been, it was still a bit more 'exey' than a romance novel. It was a story, human foibles come into (or is that 'out to'?) play, but it wasn't mean spirited. I doubt this book would have been nearly as enjoyable without Ms Kollander's sparkling performance.
Lots of one-on-one sex. The story line is very weak and the characters are not very believable. The only reason I was able to finish listening was because it was short. This is likely to be my last book by this author.
I wasn't really sure about choosing this book until I read a review that mentioned that the main character of this book - Robert Stone (or Clever Bobby to his friends) was written with the character of Robert Goren (Law & Order Criminal Intent) in mind. Right I thought - I can put a face to Mr Stone's character and from there this book took on a life of its own.
The story centres around Borough Hall Director of Finance - Robert Stone and new employee Maria Lewis. Robert is a big man, tall and stocky, middle aged, greying at the temples and with a very dry and illicit sense of humor. He is dominent, issues very kinky challenges and enjoys taking risks; risks he enjoys even more when they involve our young Maria.
As with Suite Seventeen and In Too Deep, Portia Da Costa has written these books in the first person. They all involve the Waverley Grand, Saskia, Borough Hall and Greg the IT Geek. Reading them is like touching base with your kinky old friends.
Yes the book does involve diverse sexual activities and some language that may offend. But it is romantic, funny and does have a happily ever after.
The narration by Petra Kollander is excellent.
A lot of hot sex and a sweet story to connect it all.
No, this is the first time. She's got a great dry tone that suits this story. Very pleased with the narrating!
The narrator was very good. She kind of sounded like Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)... which made it a little creepy at times, but made such a naughty subject sort of elegant. The story itself was great as well. I didn't want to stop listening.
There was no crying but quite a bit of giggling (on the inside, as my co-workers might wonder at my sanity otherwise)
This is a decent story, but nothing really special. The character development was somewhat better than most for at least attempting to explore several different characters. But it seems as though the author can't quite decide on the essence of who the principal characters really are. Both the heroine and the hero are complete flip flops to some degree with the heroine flopping the most. In the end, the hero turns out to be much less than we bargained for. While the heroine appears to be still finding her way.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
This book was slightly entertaining only. Not Portia Da Costa best work. lots of sex but the storyline wasn't satisfying. Oh well it hasn't put me of reading to more of her work so i guess ill keep an eye out for any of her new books.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(
Oh, I have so many favorites...this is in the "I'll definitely listen to again (and again) group."
Maria-she is hilarious, although Mr. Stone had great moments too
The accent! Fantastic job
I was put off by the hotel seen near the end of the book...could have done without it as it grossed me out.
While the story is lighthearted, this is a graphic, sexual book with strong language - reader beware if this isn't your cup of tea.
The storyline was titillating - which made me purchase it; but the female character was not endearing at ALL. I was more into Mr. Stone than the female character. She was just flat.
I really became annoyed at her voice for the female character when she was talking to others. It was a little girl, whiny voice.. ANNOYING!
No idea. It was a good concept for a storyline; the male characters, especially Stone, were interesting - although the friend, Greg, was like a throwaway, oh-by-the-way, here's this kid that also wants to get in her pants, character.. whoopee; the female characters were, well, stupid. More depth? This seemed like a "I have an afternoon to while away writing a book and I'll just dash off this little something that may or may not happen in a workplace and make the female character as horny as possible"
Oo-er Mrs.! Kinky hi-jinks at the Town Hall and the sweet, old, grey haired Secretary never even noticed! A wild, far fetched but entertaining romp and certainly one of the better titles in this category.
Whilst I enjoyed listening to this book, not one of her best interesting story theme but lacking somehow and I can't explain why
I have listened to the first two Accidental book which I loved so sad the third is not available
Neither liked or disliked this narrator have certainly heard better
No not enough
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