Business and Pleasure by Emily Wood

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Business and Pleasure by Emily Wood
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Clover

Can mixing business and pleasure ever result in a happy ending?

When sexy, rich Lawrence Russo asks Mia to come and work for him in Italy for two weeks, she jumps at the chance. After all, it beats pole dancing, and the salary he offers her is practically obscene.

A relationship quickly begins to develop between the two, but Mia can’t help but wonder if Lawrence’s feelings for her are genuine or if he feels he’s just paying for a service.

Even if their relationship is strong enough to survive her insecurities, what will happen when somebody from her past shows up and threatens to reveal her deepest, darkest secret?

It’s hard to believe that some chances in life really are as great as they seem.

Mia is working as a pole dancer in a club. She’s got a great talent for working the floor as well as the pole, schmoozing with customers, diffusing situations and generally looking great. So when wealthy and handsome Lawrence Russo offers her a two week contract working for him at his fabulous villa in Italy, what’s holding her back?

Nothing.  He’s gorgeous and she’s got the serious hots for him; what’s more, it seems the feelings are mutual. Surrounded by sunshine and luxury, things quickly develop between them, but when an old ‘acquaintance’ of Mia’s shows up, with mean words in his mouth and bad intentions in other parts of his anatomy, how will their fledgling relationship cope?

This is the first book I have read by Ms Wood and I enjoyed the seamless flow of the story and the likeable characters. The plot moved swiftly so I was kept involved in the unfolding events. Lawrence is lovely and I can see why Mia is so taken with him, he’s not just nice with her, but with secondary characters too which showed a nice roundness to his personality.

I felt like I’d had a trip to Italy at the end of Business and Pleasure. The environment the characters were in was well described, the setting luxurious and sunny.

The sex scenes were well written, enough choreography of what was going on – what limb or other part of the anatomy was where – but were equally engaged with the emotions. There was one point Mia’s insecurity over Lawrence’s feeling for her started to bug me, but no sooner as they did she seemed to snap herself out of it and believe in him and herself again.

A nice entertaining story that left me with a warm feeling inside. I’ll definitely read more by this author.

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