3 licks out of 5 Licks
Ashleigh Malone had her heart ripped out by a man–a man who stole her money, left her in debt, slept with her best friend, destroyed her ability to trust. She throws herself into her job and swears off all men.
Ryan Blake is stuck spending several months at his father’s resort–The Aurora Island Resort — trying to figure out who’s stealing money. His father is convinced it’s the resort manager, Ashleigh. Ryan is determined to prove otherwise. There’s only one problem though: his judgment is clouded by his need to have Ashleigh in his bed.
Ashleigh Malone, workaholic resort manager, has no time for fun and has a strict “no fraternization with employees or guests,” policy. The owner of the resort suspects someone is embezzling money and hires his son, Ryan Blake, a forensic accountant to investigate. Ashleigh and Ryan are attracted to each other and Ryan begins to pursue Ashleigh, hoping to break down some of the walls she’s built around herself.
Ashleigh wary of men, having been cheated on by her fiancé, who also stole her money, is fighting her feelings towards Ryan. But, their chemistry is too combustible and they get together over a sexy game of cards. As Ashleigh and Ryan become closer, he discovers who is stealing from the resort and keeps this information from Ashleigh. Will this knowledge tear them apart? You’ll have to read to find out.
This short story has some steamy scenes, but I would have preferred to see more foreplay. I rate it a great little read for a couple of hours lying by the pool, sipping a frosty beverage.