Dirty Tricks by Xandra James

Dirty Tricks by Xandra James
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stephantois

She wanted revenge. He wanted her.

Cat was desperate, but pretending to be a ghost to stop the renovation on the neighbouring manor house was a new low even for her. All she needed to do, though, was slow down the renovation and figure out a way to make the owner pay for stealing her family home years before. Simple.

Everything was perfect until a new guy arrived on site, turning her plans for revenge upside down, and her body to a puddle of lusty mush. But when she finds out the secret he’s been keeping, will their attraction be strong enough to hold them together? Or will family ties tear them apart?

Warning: this story contains a large, orange cat called Elvis, a fake ghost called Cat, a sizzling hot romance, and it just may cause you to crack a smile.

Dirty Tricks are exactly what Cat and Jay played on one another during this short but sexy read. It made me smile and laugh as Cat went about trying to scare off the workmen in Jay’s new project. Besides their actions showing one upmanship, so did their witty banter and it added to the fun.

Ms. James did a wonderful job setting the scene for this story, huge house that’s being renovated ready for sale, her tiny cottage, the ocean, and a heat wave. And yes, there’s even a cat named Elvis, who made a fun third character. I shouldn’t say that I wish this could have been longer because I read it knowing it was a short story, but the bottom line is I simply wanted more because I liked the way Cat and Jay played, no pun intended, cat and mouse.  I wasn’t ready to see it end.

If you’re looking for something you can read in less than hour this upcoming holiday season, I don’t think you can go wrong with Dirty Tricks.

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