Author: Delilah Devlin
Genre: Erotic Romance
Purchase: Ellora's Cave
From the Publisher:
Book Four in the Red Stilettos series.
Expect magic when one determined woman dons a legendary pair of red stilettos and bares body and heart to get her man’s attention…
Jolene’s a big, beautiful woman with an even bigger heart. But she’s become her police officer boyfriend’s favorite doormat and that’s so not working for her. It’s time for a little conversation, time to tell Mr. Happy Pants to “pee or get off the pot”.
Gabriel has seen what his profession does to marriages. He’s not willing to risk that kind of heartbreak. Besides, he likes what he has with Jolene. The woman is sex personified. So when Jolie tells him she won’t see him anymore if he’s not willing to commit, he’s shocked and angry.
With a girlfriend’s encouragement and the added confidence a certain pair of red stilettos gives her, Jolene arranges a special show at a strip club to prove to Gabe once and for all that she’s more woman than any man can handle, and if he doesn’t want the job, then she’ll find another lover who does.
I didn't realize at first when I purchased this book that it was a part of a series but I can honestly say that this can be read as a stand alone novel.
The mane characaters are Jolene (Jolie) Ledbetter and Gabriel (Gabe) Devine. Jolene owns a bakery in town and Gabriel is a cop. The book deals with the realities that dating a cop entail for any woman (strange and late hours, stress from the job, injury or death). Gabe decides that he doesn't want that for his girlfriend Jolie so he takes matters into his own hands and decides to "cool off" their relationship. This would probably work...except that he really does love Jolie but hasn't figured out how to deal with it. Like a typical male he decides that if he just makes their relationship about the sex, that neither of them would end up hurt.
Jolie can't figure out what is going on with Gabe but soon realizes that he is pulling away from her and she is not happy. She has seen her friend Lexie become engaged to Gabe's partner, Tyler, and she wants to become closer to Gabe and eventually marry him and raise a family together. She is aware of the dangers of his job but is not willing to let them take choices away from her.
The story then becomes about just how far Jolie is willing to go to either get Gabe to admit he loves her or to get him to walk away. She doesn't want him to walk away but she is also not willing to continue in an affair where the only benefit is "really hot sex". Gabe fights her moves every step of the way, all the while insisting on keeping his distance but in reality gettig closer to her.
Eventually Lexie convinces Jolie to wear these "red stilletos" that they purchased at an auction that have a "magical" aspect tied to them. The wearer of the shoes has always found her hearts desire. Jolie wants to wear the shoes but she's also afraid that maybe Gabe is not going to give in and that she will have to walk away from him. Lexie also has a sure fire plan that will get Gabe's attention and force him to take a stand. Jolie agrees to go along with Lexie's plan which leads to a very funny scene in the book.
There is a happy ending to this book. I won't spoil it by giving away details but I was very satisfied with how it ended.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
FTC Discloser: The reviewer purchased this book