Welcome to Eye Candy, the East Side’s hottest nightclub where the bartenders are hot, the cocktails are fancy, and danger lurks just under the surface…
Eve Webber, the gorgeous and savvy owner of Eye Candy, knows better than anyone that growing up on the wrong side of the tracks comes with certain complications. Determined to run a clean business and fix up the East Side, Eve’s plans get temporarily stalled when a potential new hire walks into her bar. The sexual chemistry crackling between them is a potent distraction…even if she refuses to mix business with the promise of pleasure.
Detective Matt Dorchester lives by strict rules that have kept him alive in impossible situations. When his latest undercover assignment has him playing a bartender, his desire for the passionate owner has him breaking every single one. Eve is in danger and her life depends on his secrecy. But once their attraction reaches a climactic conclusion, Matt must make a desperate choice: Tell her the truth about who he really is—or risk a once-in-a-lifetime love to save her life?
This formulaic but entertaining contemporary series starter ignores plausibility but has plenty of chemistry. Eye Candy is Eve Webber's new nightclub, and she hopes that its success will help spur the revitalization of her East Side neighborhood in Lancaster, Pa. Smartly, she goes right to the police when an old acquaintance asks her to launder money through the club, and she agrees to set up an undercover sting. But the cops are concerned that she doesn't have the mettle to see it through, so they assign hunky Det. Matt Dorchester to get himself hired as Eve's new bartender, protect her, and see whether she's got the guts to turn in her onetime friend. Eve promptly pursues Matt, and he finds her hard to resist, but he attempts to maintain a professional distance until he doesn't, of course. Calhoun hardly breaks new ground with the setup a terse and closed-off undercover cop and a spunky heroine who's upset by his lies and evasions but the brisk plot and development of side characters (who will presumably participate in upcoming episodes) are entirely satisfying.