Series: What Happens in Vegas #11
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication Date: January 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Kelsey Kyle will do whatever it takes to get into the management trainee program at the casino where she works. So when she’s given the opportunity to get a VIP customer’s endorsement for the program, she jumps at the challenge. All she needs to do is arrange a one-on-one fan experience with the woman’s favorite author, tall-dark-and-intense Micah Holmes.
An entire week at a Vegas romance readers’ convention, surrounded by hundreds of people, is Micah Holmes’ idea of hell. But one look at Kelsey, his assigned hotel concierge, and the attraction is immediate. Maybe this week won’t be so bad after all…
Anything beyond a “strictly professional” relationship will get Kelsey fired, but she needs to get close to Micah to get the super fan experience her client wants. Hot sex in her apartment pool begins a game of “undercover lover” that quickly escalates to something more. But when Micah discovers her secret agenda, all bets are off.
HER SECRET LOVER is one reason why Ms. Covington’s books are such a delight to read. An embarrassing but funny first meeting, strong characters who mesh from the get-go and the perfect balance of sweet and steamy are just some of what I enjoyed about this book.
Kelsey Kyle is smart and ambitious, with plans for her future that would take her straight to the top. As a concierge, she’s always up for the challenge of providing her VIP clients with the best experience of their stay in Vegas. When a client requests one-on-one time with her favorite romance author in exchange for providing Kelsey with a reference for the management trainee program she’s had her eye on, Kelsey is willing to pull out the stops to make it happens. At least until she gets a dose of the tall, dark and sexy Micah Holmes.
Getting up close and personal with hundreds of his fans at a convention is the least exciting part of his career as a romance writer but one look at his assigned concierge gives him hope that the experience won’t be so bad. Unfortunately, the company’s strict no-fraternization with clients policy means that Kelsey risks losing her job if she gets involved with Micah but it’s a risk she’s willing to take. Throw in the pressure from the sleazy, scheming client and a perfect storm of trouble is about to be unleashed.
I really liked this story, especially the characters and how in tune they were with each other, both at work and at play. I like that while Micah had served as a Marine, he wasn’t portrayed as a jacked-up, muscled commando, but that he was a brilliant author able to thrill his readers with his writing but slightly shy and protective of his privacy. Kelsey is a strong heroine in every sense of the word. She’s independent and really dedicated to her job, and in spite of having been burned in previous relationships, she was willing to get back in the game and even take risks when she found a good thing.
The connection between Kelsey and Micah was intense, the banter was fun but the passion between them was hot enough to set my tablet on fire. After reading so many books about damaged characters who fight their feelings because of past hurts, it’s refreshing to read one where those past hurts don’t result in self-sabotage. The best thing about this book for me was that even though both Micah and Kelsey had had bad experiences with love, their past was not the driving force behind the choices they made in their present.
HER SECRET LOVER checks off all the right boxes for a sweet and fun romance for me and I’ll recommend it to anyone looking for something like that.