Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .
By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.
Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .
Bailey's second novel (after Too Hot to Handle) about the estranged Clarkson siblings, who are taking an awkward road trip in honor of their deceased mother, finds the Clarksons in Iowa, where disgraced political adviser Aaron hopes to redeem himself by joining an influential senator's presidential campaign. Inconveniently, he falls for Grace Pendleton, the senator's free-spirited, wayward daughter. Aaron needs to play by his new boss's rules; Grace tempts him to let loose. They're eminently compatible in the bedroom, but their respective emotional traumas and secrets may still drive them apart. Bailey adeptly crafts a satisfying romance between two broken protagonists, allowing them to find completion and healing in each other. A dash of humor and a heavy dose of spicy action round out this tale, which manages to be both raw and playful without losing its balance. Despite some overly flowery language and clunky bedroom talk, this is an entertaining and worthy installment.