Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Review: "Hold Me Until Midnight" (Christina Phillips)

What is it about a bad boy that gets a good girl's blood boiling?

Wealthy debutante Scarlett Ashford has been the good girl her entire life, trying to win her emotionally distant, politically influential father's approval. Hasn't worked so far. In fact, he seems determined to keep her under his thumb, doing exactly what he wants. Like marrying whomever he picks.

And suddenly, she can't bring herself to live like that any longer. Especially not once she lays eyes on the bodyguard she's hiring to act as her significant other for her father's second wedding.

Jackson Grayson grew up a street fighter, determined to keep himself and his brothers alive in the face of their father's alcoholic rages. Jackson did what he needed to do to survive, and now, he's street smart and the best at what he does: keeping clients safe, and strictly professional.

Until Scarlett walks through his door. She needs him to help her ward off an unwanted suitor at her father's wedding. He's more than willing, much to his shock, especially if it means that he might be able to get his hands on the body he's contracted to guard.

Hold Me Until Midnight by Christina Phillips is an erotic romance published just this month from Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint.

The good girl-bad boy dynamic has been explored in a lot of romances before, from Beauty and the Beast on down. This time around, though, what freshens the setup are the characters involved.

Scarlett is far from the typical spoiled daughter of a powerful societal figure. If you like your heroines pouting, manipulative, and self-centered like Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind, you'll be disappointed.

Phillips's heroine is a fascinating combination of innocent sophistication, dedicated service to others, and devotion to her family despite their differences ... with the added benefit, as befits a scintillating erotic romance, of also being just a little rebellious. Readers will undoubtedly fall in love with Scarlett Ashford and her sweet quirks.

Meanwhile, Jackson isn't your average bad boy, either. His stint on the other side of the tracks --- his childhood and upbringing, really --- could have resulted in a criminal or someone just as abusive as his own father. Instead, he turned those circumstances around and molded himself to be a better man, committed to his work providing opportunities for underprivileged kids to get off the streets and channel their energy into useful skills.

Combine an equally unique hero and heroine with a sweet story and a raging hot attraction, and you have a sure winner.

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Author: Christina Phillips
Title: Hold Me Until Midnight
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-273-3
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1KpX2xm

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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