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Lead Me On
Julie Ortolon
St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 0312983484
January 2003
Contemporary Romance

Writer Scott Lawrence needs some definite R&R.; It also wouldn’t hurt to add a little no-strings-attached female companionship to that R&R; as well! Scott’s hoping these are the ingredients that will cure the rare case of writer’s block he seems to have. So Scott heads south to the Pearl Island Inn and promptly encounters sweetly innocent Allison St. Claire. Allison is definitely not the type of woman to have such a brief liaison without the promise of love and marriage… she?

Allison has been hurt badly in the past and she isn’t quite sure what she wants, but really, would it kill a man to proposition HER every once in a while? When Scott Lawrence checks into the inn that she and her brother and sister run, Allison is instantly attracted to him. But of course he goes right into treating her like a little sister soon after they meet—just like every other man of Allison’s acquaintance. Allison finally decides that it’s high time she enjoys the company of a man for company’s sake and does her own kind of propositioning. Allison is certain that she never wants to get married and losing her heart isn’t an issue--or so she thinks. Soon Allison is feeling things for Scott she swore she’d never feel again. Can Scott help her overcome her past to embrace the future…with him?

LEAD ME ON by Julie Ortolon is a fast paced, fun and sexy romp of a romance! I loved watching the relationship between Allison and Scott progress from hot, sensual affair to meaningful, loving commitment. I really enjoyed not only these two main characters, but the addition of secondary characters only added to an already enjoyable story. Throw in the underlying thread running throughout the story about the inn, the legends behind it and the current legal troubles the St. Claire’s find themselves in and you have the perfect romantic story to curl up with on these cold winter days.

This is the first romance I’ve read by Julie Ortolon, but you can bet it won’t be the last. With engaging characters, and a deep, interesting storyline, LEAD ME ON is not to be missed!

Carla Hosom, January 2003

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