Friday, February 11, 2011


Publisher: One World/Ballantine
Date published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-0345504326
Erotic contemporary romance
Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Lyfe was a simple delivery man when Payton ‘discovered’ him. Now he is one of the most powerful businessmen in the country and Payton is his boss. But, Lyfe is getting a little fed up of his wife bossing him around, in front of others and in the bedroom. Payton sends Lyfe to New York, and this is where he meets Arri, his new secretary. At night, Arri earns extra cash by pleasuring men via the internet. She was once hurt and wants no contact with men, until she meets Lyfe. Arri also takes care of her junkie sister’s young son and is soon Lyfe’s lover. But to be able to build a life together, Lyfe and Arri have to break free in spite of Payton, in spite of Arri’s sister, or else they could lose what they are trying to build up.

First of all, although I have labeled this as an erotic romance, basically it borders on pornography. The sex scenes are very graphical and there is a lot of bad language. In fact, bad language prevails in this story. The main characters are African American with all their slang, which was difficult for me to follow. I found the only redeeming thing about this story was the plot, which although was a little unbelievable in parts, went along at a good pace and had a neat twist at the end. The characters were ok. Lyfe is described as a black Adonis, Payton is a regular bitch. Arri, seems sweet enough and has a lot on her plate. Risque has written a story that is gritty, sexy, down-to-earth and even though, I personally found this story somewhat distasteful, judging by some other reviews I have seen on the net am sure there are readers who enjoy this type of book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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