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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Pillow Talk

**** Pillow Talk by Kathleen O'Reilly. Contemporary romance.

This is the first book of the Bachelorette Pack series, but I've read them out of order.

Jessica Barnes is motivated and dedicated to her job, and is on the fast track to make VP--if she does, she'll be that much closer to that Porsche she's got her heart set on. What she doesn't need is a man in her life. Unfortunately, her company is poised on the verge of a buy-out, and her job is a pretty sure casualty if that happens.

Even worse, Ax-Man Adam Taylor with his reputation for ruthlessness is the consultant brought in to evaluate the company.

And worst of all, sparks fly between the two of them.

It's a bit of a classic conflict, although Adam doesn't have much of a personal stake in the matter, they're still on mostly opposite sides. And they want opposite things from life, as well. Jessica wants to succeed in business; Adam wants to quit the rat race and settle down.

And in true Kathleen O'Reilly fashion, there's plenty of humor and witty dialogue, and plenty of steam.

But it's what they do about that steam that I just didn't quite get. Jessica and Adam make a bet that they can keep from having sex with each other for ten days--only full penetration counts. As an excuse for them to ratchet up the sexual tension, it worked fine, but it didn't make much sense to me. I'm not sure what it was supposed to accomplish. And so it felt artificial, and like it didn't fit, and was a bit of a distraction for me.

I'd have been happier if they'd just stuck to telling themselves and each other why they were all wrong for each other and have that be why they're trying to stay away from each other rather than making it all about a bet.

Still, the rest of the story, particularly the relationships between Jessica and her friends, makes it a fun story, and worth reading.

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