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Blogger Lacey Gibson is officially fed up with her playboy landlord. (Actually, he's her playboy slumlord). Everything about her place in The Baxter apartment building is a mess. The roof leaks and the floor is rotting, but Bronson Reyne refuses to fix a thing.
Her solution? Use Twitter to goad him into a winner-takes-all bet.
#PamperedPlayboy is used to silk sheets. A bed in #TheBaxter would be more than he could handle.
#TheBaxter is history. I'm pulling it down and I want you out.
If you want me out, come get me.
Is that an invitation? Ask nicely and I'll think about it.
Last 7 nights in #TheBaxter, and I'll move out. If I win, you fix up the building.
Deal made. I'm bringing my silk sheets, so you're in for a treat. But I'll only let you share them if you don't snore.
Bronson Reyne's determined to pull the Baxter down, and he'll do what it takes to get Lacey to move out. That includes taking her bet and moving into her place, no matter how bad it is. He's a playboy who likes his bad reputation, but there's no way he's pampered. Besides, living with Lovely Lacey for a week won't exactly be tough.
Well, it shouldn't be...
Now they're living in close quarters, driving each other crazy. Both playing dirty to get what they want. While the building collapses around them, their attraction explodes. But this game has only one rule. No sleeping with the enemy.
Once beautiful, Baxter Apartments is falling apart. Playboy Bronson Reyne owns it, and is determined to tear it down and replace it with a building designed by his brother Christof, who has been missing for three years. Bronson has offered a sizeable amount of money to all the tenants to move out, but Lacey Gibson is resisting; she was born in the Baxter, it’s her home, and she wants to bring her father back to live his final days there. Bronson won’t budge, neither will Lacey, but she has a successful blog with her friend Ally, and she’ll use the social media to get the public on her side. She struck a deal with Bronson, but she had failed to see a loophole in their arrangement: she wanted Bronson to experience the decrepitude of the Baxter with having him live in the building, however not in her own apartment, now Lacey is on the Twitter warpath!
How to Pleasure a Playboy is the latest in Talia Hunter’s Rich List Romance series, interconnected standalones set in Australia. Ms. Hunter writes in a confident and relaxed style, and she still manages to remain eloquent: I could too easily picture the once-grand building reduced to such a state that only someone as stubborn as Lacey could insist on having it renovated; she really was pig-headed about the whole thing, even though it was mostly to placate her irascible father. I laughed out loud at the Hunger Games references because Lacey almost made it just that with her shenanigans to make Bronson leave, which all backfired. For once, Lacey and Bronson’s bickering was not unpleasant. Although they decidedly agree to disagree, they get to know each other’s reasons better, and while nothing will make them change their minds, they cannot help the attraction that was there from the start.
Bronson was nicer about the whole situation, but he didn’t gloat or resort to dirty tricks. He could see the Baxter objectively, while Lacey couldn’t, and I did like him better than I did Lacey. Ms. Hunter writes great heroes: they are not wimps, but neither are they bullies; they feel like real people, and so do her heroines. Every character is well crafted, although I must admit my favourite was Crystal, Lacey’s elderly neighbour: she is outspoken, sympathetic, as well as naughty and sweet.
How to Pleasure a Playboy is a nicely paced romance, with just enough drama to keep things interesting, and the sex scenes are really scrumptious, with the right amount of spice and sweetness. This sort of trope can easily be brought over the top, but Ms. Hunter knows how to ground her story, as demonstrated in the intelligent conversations, the lovely ending and the beautiful epilogue. Talia Hunter never fails to entertain and charm!