Author: Stefanie London

Pretend It’s Love by Stefanie London

Pretend It’s Love by Stefanie LondonPretend It's Love by Stefanie London
Series: Behind the Bar #2
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on September 28th 2015
Pages: 203
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three-stars

Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family's traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence? Not his gig. But now that his 'golden child' big brother is tying the knot, Paul's screwed. His ex will be there...and she's having his cousin's baby. Unless he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family's scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now.
Cocktail specialist Libby Harris has spent her life earning the nickname Little Miss Perfect, all to win the love of her wealthy, controlling father. But she deviated from his plan, and now her business is on shaky ground. If it fails, she might as well kiss his respect-and her dream-good-bye. Her only hope? Convince the hottest bar in town to take on her product.
Luckily for her, the owner's brother is sexy as sin and in need of a perfect girlfriend...

A womaniser meets a girl with commitment issues, enters into a fake relationship with her, get hot sex thrown into the mix and suddenly it becomes more than it really is supposed to be.

Admittedly not a story that surprised me with all its predictable moves, to the extent where I was prompted to reread the *first* story in the series and rate it higher than what I thought it should be because Des/Gracie look like shining stars compared to this one. But the mixology and the cocktail mixes really did fascinate me more than Paul/Libby’s lack of depth.

three-stars

Breaking the Bro Code by Stefanie London

Breaking the Bro Code by Stefanie LondonBreaking the Bro Code by Stefanie London
Published by Harlequin on January 1st 2014
Pages: 224
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three-stars

Elise Johnson has more important things to concentrate on than men…saving her struggling ballet studio for starters! So when gorgeous Col Hillam—her brother's best friend—saunters back into her life, she's none too keen. He might be proposing a purely professional arrangement, but the last time they got carried away by their crazy attraction it ended in disaster!
Col knows Elise is off-limits, but it only makes her more tempting…. With chemistry this hot, surely that bro code is now null and void…?

A repressed ballerina confronts a past with a guy who supposedly ran out on her 5 years ago. Now he’s back with an unusual proposal that could save her ballet studio from tanking.

For a story with a title like ‘Breaking the Bro Code’, I’d have expected that the brother in question to have more than a peripheral presence in the book or at least the close friendship between 2 guys would have been more in the spotlight as the relationship between Elise and Col is straightened out.

The premise for Col’s asking for help is somewhat flimsy and while that impetus to reconnect wasn’t too convincing, I still enjoyed the unusual dynamics between a girl who can’t trust what she feels and a guy who puts himself out there for her.

three-stars

Only the Brave Try Ballet by Stefanie London

Only the Brave Try Ballet by Stefanie LondonOnly the Brave Try Ballet by Stefanie London
Published by Harlequin Mills & Boon on July 1st 2014
Pages: 192
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four-stars

Step up, Grant Farley…not your typical ballet student!

Football pro Grant Farley is nursing an injury and needs to get back into shape fast. Ballet wouldn't be his first or even his last choice, but he's desperate. Enter tantalizingly prim teacher Jasmine Bell one disapproving arch of her eyebrow and Grant knows he'll enjoy getting her tutu in a flutter!
But it's not only Grant's flexibility that Jasmine's pushing to the limit! He knows she feels the heat between them, so why won't she give in to it? Time to convince Jasmine that if she's brave enough to dance en pointe she can certainly handle a fling with him!

Simmering attraction burns between a rehabilitating footy player and a ballet dancer who can’t be at the top of her game anymore, even if they got off on the wrong footing.

I enjoyed all the moments of the footy alpha male trying all the traditional ballet positions but thought that both the H/h hadn’t really resolved their issues by the time the story hurtled towards a rushed end.

four-stars