From Publishers Weekly
In this debut mainstream romance from Harlequin Temptations author Blake (Hotbed Honey
, etc.), a racy journal inspires sexual adventure. Longing for love and excitement, rich girl Lauren Ash commits her erotic desires to a velvet-covered diary, which is surreptitiously read by painter Nick Armstrong as he works on her Florida home. Unbeknownst to Lauren, her wealthy builder father once betrayed Nick's dad. Nick violates Lauren's privacy intending revenge, but he can't resist using the diary to seduce her instead. Lauren melts at Nick's uncanny understanding of her needs, while he is won over by her tenderness and sensuality. Abundant diary excerpts slow the story's momentum and never ring true: surely no 27-year-old would use words like "thrice" or "lave," or phrases like "soaking in every glorious affection my woodland lover imparts." Only in the second half of the book do the couple's frantic gyrations slow long enough for them to connect in a warm, meaningful way. Unfortunately, few readers may make it past the purple prose that mars the early part of the story.
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"A cleverly sexy novel, with charming characters that readers are sure to enjoy." -- Shane Sawyer, The Best Reviews
"A one-of-a-kind romance. The character definition is excellent." -- Carolyn Crisher, Romance Reviews Today
"An evocative and touching novel that will clog your throat with emotion even as it simmers through your blood." -- Paula Klug, A Romance Review, 5 ROSES
"One hot story ... very sweet and quite lovely." -- Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Bookclub
"THE RED DIARY should catapult Toni Blake's writing career with its unique concept, red hot passion, and poignant love story." -- Patricia Rouse, Rouse's Romance Readers Groups