Love by Number

Kara Leigh Miller
Love by Number
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Cobblestone Press
Release Date
September 2012
Book 1 of The Aurora Island Resort
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Ashleigh Malone had her heart ripped out by a man--a man who stole her money, left her in debt, slept with her best friend, and destroyed her ability to trust. She throws herself into her job and swears off all men.

Ryan Blake is stuck spending several months at his father's resort-- the Aurora Island Resort--trying to figure out whose stealing money. His father is convinced it's the resort manager, Ashleigh. Ryan is determined to prove figure it out one way or the other. There's only one problem though: his judgment is clouded by his need to have Ashleigh in his bed.

Book Review by Tiffy (reviewer)
Jan 15, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
233 people found the following review helpful
Sexual tension can make or break a novel and Ms. Miller does a great job by keeping that hot sizzle going between her characters. It starts slowly with Ryan Blake deciding the best method to gain Ashleigh Malone's attention is to piss her off every chance he gets. And I might say that he does an excellent job! Ashleigh wants to hold Ryan off, so she comes up with a no fraternizing policy that not only applies to guests at the resort, but staff too. Ashleigh's mantra to help deflect her growing attraction is "He's my employee and the boss' son."

Ashleigh is the accountant and manager of the Aurora Island Resort in Hawaii. She's stretched to the max trying to do both jobs. The resort owner, Richard Blake, decides to hire a new accountant, so that Ashleigh can concentrate on just running the resort. Enter Ryan Blake, Mr. GQ, with a body that doesn't quit. Ashleigh just knows that she's going to be repeating her mantra 24/7!

What Ashleigh doesn't know is that someone has absconded with two hundred thousand dollars of the resort's money. Richard brings in Ryan, who's his son and the one person he can trust, to find out the identity of the thief.

Will Ryan uncover the thief? Is it Ashleigh? Will the burning embers between Ryan and Ashleigh flare up into a forest fire?

LOVE BY THE NUMBER uses alternative chapters to reflect each of the main characters' point of view. The transitions flowed effortlessly with no repetition, which takes a lot of attention to detail by the author. I enjoyed this novella, but would have preferred a smoother conclusion. It seemed a bit forced, because of the length of the novella. All in all, it's a good read. How can you not enjoy escaping to Hawaii with a hottie for an afternoon?
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 01, 2012
262 people found the following review helpful
Interested in a whirlwind island romance? This is the sweet story for you. Ashleigh is a workaholic at an island resort who's been badly burned by a lover. Not only did he cheat on her, he stole her best friend and all her money. Ryan is a new employee to the resort and will be working directly for Ashleigh. The sparks fly when the handsome hunk chases after his sexy boss.

This sweet story moves at a good pace. The conflict is believable and the characters are engaging. The reader can feel the turmoil Ashleigh experiences. Ryan's duplicity is also easily understandable. What is confusing about the story is Ash's ex-boyfriend, Mark. Why is he still calling her? What does he want from her? What was the purpose of the phone calls other than to aggravate Ashleigh? Is it a set up for something else? It was never used to help Ryan overhear and gain insight about Ashleigh.

There is one thing about this story that bothered me. It has nothing to do with the writing or the author, it's more about people in general. This isn't the first romance story I've read where a lover is taken in and loses all their money. They are piled with debt or their money is completely stolen from them. Is this something that happens in real life? It's something I wondered because I can't fathom this ever happening. I would never steal a lover's money. Then again, unless I was married, I would never have a shared bank account. Even then, a joint account is not something many couples do anymore. Most of the people I know have a household account where money is deposited to pay for the shared bills. The rest of the money each individual earned is squirreled away in accounts that the spouse/lover can not access. Perhaps I run with a jaded group. It just boggles my mind to have money stolen like this in a story.

Back to the story, the sex in this story is sweetly sensual. Definitely a good fit for these two characters and in a romantic contemporary piece. The scenes were incorporated smoothly and not forced. The flipping of point of views between Ryan and Ashleigh was also nicely done. Made the book more enjoyable to see how they each felt. This lovely romance story is recommended to those who want a bit of hot island fun.
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