Exposed Mass Market Paperback – 2001
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Not only is EXPOSED one of the first four books in Harlequin's new BLAZE line, but it's the first of an exciting new series called SEXY CITY NIGHTS.
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Harlequin Blaze # 4 - August 2001
Sexy City Nights #1
Ariana has intrigued Max for a few years, but he's been too driven by ambition to act on it. When someone slips him a Mickey, suddenly Max loses his inhibitions. Ariana is about to embark on a huge undertaking. She's renovating her restaurant, and soon it will be on the list of places to be and be seen. When the man of her fantasies falls victim when someone puts something in his drink in her establishment, she has to see that he gets home safely. Ah, there begins the fun. Earlier, Ariana found a copy of a magazine, which showcased San Francisco and an erotic scene taken overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. It just so happens that Max has the perfect balcony to match that photo.
This is one to look for on eBay or the used booksellers! ... if you like sizzle, this one is for you ... Max and Ariana discover their hidden desires, both having focused their entire lives to their careers, their new adventures are liberating. Max discovers he's a bit of an exhibitionist. Ari finds that she's game when Max says anything goes.... Not all surrounds the sizzling sex; both Max and Ari have depth as characters and evolve. A very good read!
Sexy City Nights - Multi-Author series
Exposed by Julie Elizabeth Leto - HBZ-12 - August 2001
Body Heat by Carly Phillips - HBZ-8 - September 2001
Heat Waves by Janelle Denison - HBZ-12 - October 2001
L.A. Confidential by Julie Kenner - HBZ-16 - November 2001
Timing may be a bit off, as Max is to marry his best friend's cousin, a friend also, tomorrow. Max has chosen friendship as the key to his nuptials rather than love and his future spouse Madelyn apparently agrees. However, at his bachelor party someone drugs Max. When he awakens the next morning he finds the lovely Ari sharing his bed and his bride missing. Though he worries about Maddie and has problems remembering the night, Max finds he wants passion in his bed, which means Ari, but she wants a week or is she reconsidering perhaps a lifetime? However someone is exposing their tryst.
EXPOSED lives up to the Blaze imprint, as this contemporary romance is torrid. The story line heats up the pages and explains what is meant by a warm San Francisco night though the animal magnetism of the lead duo though the plot turns a bit thin with the exposure of the blazing affair. Still, fans will still relish the story line because the passion between Ari and Max is not just real, it is a feeling that every reader desires and Julie Elizabeth Leto catches every solar spark between her stars.
Ariana Karas is a successful San Francisco restaurateur; Max Forrester makes a name for himself in real estate. Each has been covertly eyeing each other for a year or so each time Max stops by Athens by the Sea, but Max is about to marry a friend (think along the lines of a marriage of convenience). So nothing is more shocking than finding Ariana in his bed the next morning. Not only can he not remember much from the night before [other than it was one heck of a night], but it seems his bride-to-be had bolted for parts unknown prior to the ceremony, leaving behind a cryptic message.
Both Ariana and Max are good people who find themselves the targets of a deliberate set-up, a set-up that could ruin them both. They join forces to uncover the truth and in the process discover some startling and sizzling truths about themselves, not the least of which is the incredible sexual fire that ignites between them.
I knew I was going to like this book when I stayed up way too late at night reading. Ms. Leto evoked sympathy from me for Ariana and Max. They'd both been deceived and poor Max could have died from the drug in his drink, yet instead of flying off on a quest of vengeance, both showed maturity in dealing with the problem.
A good cast of secondary characters and some red herrings in the mystery add depth and tension to the story.
A final note of warning: You may never look at your clothes dryer in quite the same way ever again.
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favorite scene with ariana-
confronting her employee about the truth.
favorite scene with max-
confronting his ex-father-in-law to be about the truth. Read more
This book is GREAT! I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series of Ms. Leto. The book leaves you breathless and waiting to see what the characters are going to do next! Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2001 by Grandmother of 1!