Silver Bella by Lucy Munroe

BELLA
Silver Bella by Lucy Munroe
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

She is the only thing he wants to unwrap.

Bella Jackson models clothes only the most sexually confident woman would dare to wear. But there’s a secret hiding behind the bad-girl reputation and barely there couture. Under the covers, she’s a total novice.

At least it was a secret. Not anymore, thanks to an ex’s blabbing. Now she’s been branded with a potentially career-ending label: Ice Queen.

Only years of practice keep the nerves at bay, and her signature walk rock steady—until a tall, sexy Texan’s gaze fixes like a laser beam on her scantily clad body. And her stiletto heels miss a step.

From the moment Jake Barton locks eyes with the smoking-hot woman on the catwalk, he knows it’s only a matter of time. He never expected the heat between them to melt away her aloof façade before they’ve even touched, revealing the vulnerable woman underneath.

Suddenly he realizes he wants more than a roll in the hay. Now to convince her to take a chance on Texas—and him—before their fragile relationship is bulldozed by tabloid lies and innuendo.

Bella Jackson has never been so nervous stepping out onto the catwalk. After a very public – and very bitter – break up with her boyfriend, the media has gone wild over Ice Queen and Frigid claims the jerk had made about her. Bella was far from a prude, but had merely been so caught up in her career since her early teens much of the normal aspects of a sensual relationship had passed her by. Her old “bad-girl” reputation hid the career-minded model, who found herself still a virgin at twenty six.

A pair of green eyes and a wicked, masculine smile almost drags Bella out of her runway walk – and her body reacts fiercer than she’d ever believed possible. Jake Barton – dragged to the show by his sister, Lise – can’t believe the power of his instant reaction to Bella. Sparks fly between them, and when they keep on meeting, show after show, their hunger for each other continues to grow.

I really enjoyed the slower pace of romance this novel. While a few aspects of the plot felt clichéd to me, this is a well-written, sensual novel that left me eagerly turning the pages. This wasn’t one of those “their eyes met and they fell into bed” tale. The author kept the heat simmering, but I thought the pace was far more realistic than many spicy stories. Both Bella and Jake were well-rounded characters who knew exactly what they wanted and weren’t shy going about getting it. Add in some cowboy tricks, the ever-present media nosiness and a few good laughs and this was a heart-warming story that kept me interested from start to finish. I really enjoyed it.

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