Shel: We've been reading Alessandra Torre books for almost 4 years now and it's no surprise that we've enjoyed every single thing we've read; Love in Lingerie continues this streak. The thing I think I love about this novel, and, frankly, Alessandra Torre is that she still manages to give us something new. For instance when I saw the synopsis for this book, I made assumptions about Trey and Kate and while some of those ideas I had were correct, so many were wrong. Trey was way more than the token alpha male I thought he'd be and Kate's character held a few surprises for me too--I think she's one of the most conservative minded heroines Torre has written...ever? or at least in a while. Even more surprising was how long Torre had these two burn for each other and not really do anything about it other than pine for each other; this was the slow burn to end all slow burns and you know what? It really worked. The build up between these two from the beginning to the ending was interesting--the rebuilding of a company that coincided with the building of a relationship--and rather than feeling anxious or annoyed that things weren't happening quicker, I found that I enjoyed their banter, their observations, and how they grew to know and trust each other; it made the ending that much better. Court: We really got to connect with the characters, or at least Kate. I felt that we didn't get *as much* of Trey as I would've liked...but that's just me wanting each book Alessandra writes to go on for thousands of pages and never stop. That's how invested I am in the story, and was so sad when the end drew near. I really enjoyed the characters, and the lingerie company, and how they worked together was a lot of fun. The writing of this book is flawless, and the characters - even when being entirely frustrating - are keeping things interesting enough to keep you right there with 'em the entire time. I agree that it was a slow burn that just about killed me...but it was one that kept me reading this book straight through and not giving a care that I had other things that I needed to do yesterday.
Shel: We know by now that Alessandra Torre is never going to give us the same story twice--just look at her backlist of novels--and so it's always a delight to open the first page of one of her novels to see where's she going to take us next. Court: Trey (such a great name for him, honestly) is also a delight, so I agree Shelley. I had a lot of fun reading this, and hope that you all pick it up too. The cover is hot, the characters are hotter...and they really make you work for it. But...Alessandra's writing makes it 100% worth it!
I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.
The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.
Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.
Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.