After wearing a “Least Likely to Succeed” label all her life, Roxanne Eberly is hell-bent on making her Red Light Lingerie store successful. Although the residents of small-town Shelbyville, Texas, are a little…lingerie-resistant, she’ll win them over eventually. So when a former employer sues her, putting a major wrinkle in her careful plans, she reluctantly accepts help from hot-stuff Houston attorney Jamie Wright.
Jamie’s on track to become his firm’s youngest partner, but discovers an unwritten prerequisite—marriage. Turns out, the only woman he wants is Roxanne, but peddling thongs and sex toys isn’t a suitable career for the spouse of an up-and-coming attorney.
Jamie’s tangled up in Roxanne’s lawsuit, her life and her lingerie. But if they’re ever going to make it work, Roxanne’s big-city boy will have to decide what he values more: the career he always thought he wanted or the woman he never thought he’d fall for.
I have never been so excited to receive an ARC as I was to get this one. When I read Personal Assets (Texas Nights #1) I immediately wanted more of Shelbyville and the amazing characters created by Browning. If you haven’t read the first installment, you can find my review here. It’s not that I wasn’t satiated after reading the first book, but I was so much in love with the town, the story, and the characters that I couldn’t wait to visit them all again and hear more of their stories.
Jamie Wright is the lawyer brother of Cameron Wright, the super sexy grease monkey of Personal Assets. He is driven, and when the opportunity arises for him to make partner as his law firm, he’s willing to do just about anything to make it happen. The problem is, the firm likes their partners to be settled, and settling means finding a wife. Not just any wife, mind you; a wife that the firm would deem a suitable companion for fancy dinners and galas.
Roxanne Eberly is the owner-operator of Shelbyville’s lingerie/adult novelty store ‘The Red Light’. She’s also Allie Shelby’s best friend …you know, the Allie Shelby who’s seeing Cameron Wright? Cameron Wright, brother of Jamie Wright …the lawyer who is also the silent partner in both Allie and Roxanne’s businesses? So of course, when Roxanne gets slapped with a lawsuit by her former employer, Jamie gets involved. Roxanne is an independent woman, and she doesn’t like to be rescued but, she eventually (albeit reluctantly) accepts help from the sexiest lawyer she’s ever laid her *ahem* eyes on.
There’s no denying that the chemistry between them is explosive, but Roxanne and Jamie both have a different plan. After all, it’s never a good idea to mix business and pleasure, right? …but what if pleasure is your business?
I can’t say enough good things about this author and her work. The plot lines (and the sexual tension) have a great sort of ebb and flow to them. One of the things I like most about Browning’s writing is that she has a knack for taking the characters’ budding relationships right to the brink, where you think ‘this is it! Finally!’ but then some sort of personal emergency or awkward interruption occurs and you’re left hanging, but in the best way possible. It just makes that moment so much sweeter when it finally comes around again.
I urge you not to miss out on this series. I’m already chomping at the bit for Texas Nights #3!