From USA TODAY bestselling author Stefanie London comes the second book in the Melbourne After Dark series! Imogen Hargrove is done with playboys—until a kiss from a masked stranger turns her world upside down…
For one night only, Imogen Hargrove is a sexy spy. She’s donned a mask for the Carmina Masquerade Ball, where she hopes to catch her sister’s cheating fiancé, Daniel, in the act. But she’s the one who gets rumbled when she strays too close to her target—only to realize she’s been tailing the wrong man. A searing kiss makes her forget her mission altogether, and the mysterious stranger awakens something inside her: a burning passion she hasn’t felt since the brutal breakup of her last relationship.
Imogen is mortified to discover that the man behind the mask is her colleague, notorious womanizer Caleb Allbrook. He’s the last person she wants to get close to, and she doesn’t need another playboy in her life. But that kiss has her curious—besides, Caleb knows her sister’s fiancé and could prove very useful in digging up dirt.
She makes a deal: she’ll go on a date with Caleb in exchange for information on Daniel’s affair. But Caleb’s irresistible charm turns a casual conversation into a night of sultry seduction. Imogen knows Caleb is bad news—yet he makes her feel sexier than any man ever has. Can she pull herself away from yet another toxic relationship, or will Caleb prove there’s more to him than just sex appeal?
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Imogen Hargrove's past experiences with a cheating ex have greatly influenced her outlook on men in general. She thinks she needs a steady, conservative, corporate type who can provide for her and remain faithful. Her numerous attempts at dating are a bust, so she puts all her energy into work. As one of the main assistants to Mr. Allbrook, Imogen is considered part of the family. When sparks fly between she and Caleb, she's caught off guard because she "thinks" she's more suited to his brother.
Caleb Allbrook is seen as a womanizer. At work, nobody takes him seriously as he often acts up, is a serial dater, and wears funny socks. To complicate things further, he feels as though his father doesn't value his opinion as he was always the "unwanted" son. Oftentimes he comes up with valuable ideas, but they aren't seen as credible until his more serious brother backs the ideas. His brother often receives praise for the ideas Caleb has presented. The only person who "sees" what's going on is Imogen--who is also the only person who wants nothing to do with him. Until they strike a deal.....
Caleb will help Imogen get proof of her soon to be brother-in-law's affair, if she goes on a date with him. What starts off as an attraction, turns into scorching kisses, and a tenable friendship. Can Caleb get Imogen to realize that not all men are cheaters? Can he convince her to let go of the past and give them a chance at something real? I loved their first kiss at the masquerade ball. So cute-especially when she realizes who it was due to his socks! The quirky banter, scorching kisses, and overcoming past misconceptions all made this an enjoyable story. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.