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Market For Love (Cheek) Paperback – International Edition, June 4, 2010
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"Jamaica Layne knows what a romance reader wants and she gives it to them from the very first page. Market for Love kept me glued to my seat until the very end. The couple meet quickly, allowing the book to focus on the relationship. The sex scenes are sizzling and never slow down after the first time. It only gets hotter. I highly recommend this one. Once you read Jamaica Layne, she will be on your auto-buy list.---5 out of 5 stars --Dirty Girl Reviews, December 30, 2008
"MARKET FOR LOVE by Jamaica Layne is an exciting read from beginning to end. This book has everything I like to read. . . .a great story, and I look forward to reading more [from Ms. Layne] in the near future." ---5 out of 5 pixies
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Miranda is a high paid stock analyst for an investment company. She's having a bad day after losing $87 million of her clients' money. She is crying and goes to a coffee shop. A stranger (Max) takes her next door to his office to calm down and fix her makeup. They have passionate sex which Miranda initiates. She later learns he is the new owner of her company, her new boss. When she discovers this, she slams the brakes on the relationship and wants a strictly business relationship. Max can't stop himself. He turns into a bully and a stalker, wanting to continue their sexual relationship. Meanwhile, Victoria is with an investment group that wants ownership of Max's company and uses underhanded techniques to get it. Victoria also happens to be Max's former girlfriend. He broke up with her in college and she still wants revenge.
This was a pretty good story set in the world of investment and corporate takeovers. I liked the way Miranda tried to stop the relationship and keep it on a business level. Although she wanted him, she was trying to stop herself. Some readers will not like Max's intimidating, bullying and stalking of Miranda. I don't like abusive men myself, but this didn't bother me. I saw it as Max being passionate and desperate to be with her. She was desired. It was a twist on the dom/sub theme. He was a dom and he was going to have her. (To clarify, he was a dom in his desire but not in the sex scenes. There was no bondage, pain, etc.) The sex scenes were well done, hot and passionate. I did not like one part of the story, a pet peeve of mine, where Max acts like he doesn't want Miranda anymore. She is hurt by this. He is trying to end their relationship because he thinks Miranda will be safer if not connected to him. This was illogical, the danger had already happened to both of them. Splitting up was not going to help anything.
Story length: 252 pages. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 16. Setting: current day Chicago, Illinois, and New York City. Copyright: 2008. Genre: contemporary romance.
Maxwell Moore has finally restored his family name in his eyes. All he wants to do now is bask in the glory. He doesn't expect to fall for Miranda, or to learn that someone else has their heart set on revenge against the two of them, and would settle for nothing less than their utter destruction.
I am not sure what to say about Market for Love by Jamaica Layne. I think there was a lot of promise, but it seemed to fall short of delivering. Max was uneven: alpha and bossy one minute and immature or weak the next, although I will grant him this -as a sexual hero, he rocked. Miranda was an enigma who I found little sympathy for, finding it difficult to understand sometimes why she was mad when she was mad, and why she was accepting when she was accepting. The subplot involving the lawsuits and reasons behind it were interesting, and a nice reason to keep Max and Miranda together and at odds.
Inconsistencies in the story, like cameras in newly purchased and designed offices, threw me off enough that I just couldn't stay in the story to really enjoy it. Nor could I trust that Max would do the right thing, as he started the relationship in a very high-handed and, in my eyes, untrustworthy manner. I just couldn't care enough about either of them to trust in the fact they would have a happily ever after.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Hot sex, interesting characters, unique plot. I found it to be a pretty quick read and engaging enough for me to not want to put it down until I was done. My only issue with the book is that it's marketed as an erotic romance. It's definitely erotic, but I felt the romance part was a little lacking. Miranda and her stranger, Max, meet in the first chapter and by the end of the 250 pages they're in love. They have obstacles aplenty to overcome as they get to that point... but I never really felt that "ah-ha, we're in love" moment in the story, which is what really makes or breaks a book for me. But if you look past the romance aspect, Jamaica Layne as a pretty solid story in Market for Love.