Czech Mate

Sloane Taylor
Czech Mate
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Musa Publishing
Release Date
December 2013
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Comedy

Pink boa and red stilettos…anything goes with Armani.

Life isn't easy for American Lacey Blake when she's stranded in Prague dressed like a dolled up hooker and nowhere to go. The cash-strapped American, boasting a pink boa and red stilettos that would make any working girl jealous, is saved by a staid giant in classic Armani.

Dragan Petrovic worked hard to shed the stigma of his youth and what his mother endured to put food in his belly. Now that he is a success, Dragan is determined his 5-star hotel will retain its unblemished reputation and no apprentice prostitute will launch her career in his lobby.

But one look in Lacey's eyes proves there is more to the desirable woman than a micro mini and a push up bra. The urge to protect her compels Dragan to suggest an unconventional plan that stirs deep desires and alters their lives forever.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jun 20, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
253 people found the following review helpful
The wild premise of this book launches a fun, sassy romp that will keep Sloane Taylor's fans delighted. Though uneven in places, this is also a book that new readers will no doubt enjoy.

Lacey Blake's day just keeps getting worse and worse. Exhausted and bedraggled by jet lag, she arrives in Prague for an illicit hookup wearing nothing but a suit fit for a streetwalker, only to find that the man she intended to meet has failed to arrive. Stranded without any money and no change of clothes, Lacey is at the mercy of the hotel's stoic staff.

Dragan Petrovic has worked for years to make his hotel a paragon of class and professionalism, and the arrival of a barely-dressed American in his lobby is the last thing he wants to see. But one look into Lacey's eyes and Dragan can sense that there is more to her than the cheap outfit and flimsy coat. After only a few moments together, both Dragan and Lacey realize that there is something real and intense between them. But can they trust the passion of a moment? As the secrets of their pasts and identities are slowly revealed, both Lacey and Dragan will have to decide how far they are willing to go, and what they are willing to do, for the chance at love.

The desire that flares between Lacey and Dragan is immediate and compelling, drawing the reader into this slightly outlandish, but wholly enjoyable scenario. Lacey's free-spirited sense of adventure is a perfect foil to Dragan's calm, seemingly unflappable exterior, and though his title and wealth might be intimidating, Lacey takes it all in stride, immediately seeing the man beneath the facade. Though the descriptions of their liaisons gets a little too clinical at times, the chemistry between them is undeniable, making for a relationship that seems believable despite the very short time frame.

I also adored the descriptions of Prague sprinkled throughout this book. The sense of place established from the very first page made for a completely believable world that was foreign, dangerous, and incredibly alluring--much like the hero himself. The secondary characters were very well-rounded and added additional layers to the story. Most memorable was Lacey's walk through the market, and her interactions there, which were some of my favorite moments of the story, and added enormously to plot and the development of both lead characters.

I found the larger-than-life characters and flamboyant scenarios in this book enormously entertaining. The humor fit in well, emphasizing the outrageousness of Lacey's predicament, and the fantasy, even fantastical, elements of the plot. However, there were times when it felt a bit much, notably upon the arrival of Lacey's AWOL companion. In these cases, the broad humor and the growing emotions and tension between the two main characters weren't very well-balanced, and it took away from the romantic elements of the plot.

Nevertheless, this was certainly a fun, steamy read with some real heart and thoroughly engaging, enticing descriptions of a place I have always wanted to see firsthand. I will definitely be keeping an eye on Sloane Taylor's works in the future.
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