THIS KIND OF BUSINESS CAN ONLY BE PERSONAL
Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .
Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.
Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .
In one corner of Snow's latest sexy love triangle, which kicks off the Risky Business series, is Sage Reese, a socialite and executive administrative assistant. In the second corner is her boss, Parker Anderson, a cool, calculating, high-powered Chicago investment executive. In the third is Det. Dean Ryker of the Chicago Police. As Sage narrates the predictable story about her unrequited love for fellow highbrow Parker and her visceral attraction to the dangerous and lowbrow Dean, it's easier to get seduced by the gripping subplot about the Russian Mafia. Strangely, though the two men are the ones dealing with the mobsters, innocent bystander Sage is the only one to suffer a couple of nasty beatings which she's more than willing to take in defense of her boss, despite his almost-certain involvement in criminal activity. After the initial appearance of Dean, who has a history with Parker and falls instantly for Sage, readers will wonder what on Earth possesses the young woman to stay loyal to the aloof-to-a-fault exec. A cliffhanger leaves the romantic resolution for later installments.
Another hot triangle!
From the moment that I read the blurb for this book, I was excited. It sounded just like the kind of story that I would like and reminded me so much of one of my favorite will-they or won't they couples on television, Suits’ Harvey and Donna. The ambitious, smart, handsome, charming boss with the indispensible secretary (Sorry, Sage, I should say Administrative Assistant). The woman that knows him better than himself. The woman that he couldn't be without. So, knowing all of that, I was absolutely jumping up and down and ready to read this.
But, I had a moment of pause, when I saw that this was going to be a love triangle. I still haven't recovered from Tiffany Snow's last love triangle, The Kathleen Turner Series.
I vowed I would go into this, though, with an open mind and I would not pick a side right off the bat. I was not going to subject myself to that sort of heartbreak again. There are those who will say, it's just a book. Get over it. But, you cannot just get over it with a Tiffany Snow book. She has a way of writing characters that you genuinely care about. Characters that you identify with or characters that you just want to be with. Not too many readers have that gift, but Tiffany does.
So, because of Tiffany, Blane Kirk has and always will be the book boyfriend I judge all others by. I honestly did not think anyone could come close to him.
Well, let me introduce you to Parker Anderson.
He is Harvey Specter-esque with some Blane-like qualities. So, my promise to not get too emotionally invested or pick a side this time? Well, yeah, that's out the window.
I am firmly in Team Parker. We see him through his Girl Friday, Sage Reese's eyes. She doesn't want to be the stereotypical, clichéd secretary crushing on the boss. She fights her feelings
and tries to dismiss them knowing that something between them could never work. Yet, he calls and she comes running. This is done to humorous effect in the first chapter when Sage's night out
with her current boyfriend is interrupted by Parker. So Mr. Wrong breaks up with Sage telling her that she’s already in a relationship with her boss even though she doesn’t seem to know it.
And the other third of this triangle? Hot cop Dean Ryker. He comes off as the typical bad boy. Sage is immediately attracted to him even though she senses the hostility between him and Parker. Is Ryker flirting with her just to get under Parker’s skin? Is he using her to work an angle on his latest case?
Throw in the obvious bad blood between the former friends that stems from fighting over the same girl. Will this cycle repeat itself? You know it will! But, the ride will hopefully be as fun and romantic as Tiffany Snow books always are. There's some fun banter between Ryker and Parker as they trade one-liners and there's quite a funny scene where Sage breaks up one of these fights as the two mean play a comical game of “I know you are, but what am I?”
This book had it all---fun, romance, intrigue, suspense and humor. Sage makes a choice in this book, but I feel that just might be temporary. Don't count the other guy out just yet.
I have a feeling that this series will join the Kathleen Turner series as one of my all-time favorites.