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Laila's Bargain - Reese Gabriel Laila Prescott's younger brother has disappeared into the wilds of their former home, Paradise Island, and there's only one person who can help her find him: private investigator and ex-lover, Matthew Hardin. But Matthew's help comes at a high price; he wants Laila back in is bed until they find baby brother Bobby.

Laila's hands are tied, but can she manage to guard her heart against the man who broke it once before? Is Matthew capable of letting Laila walk out of his life for the second time? Find out in Reese Gabriel's latest release, LAILA'S BARGAIN.

I'm a huge fan of Gabriel's work and LAILA'S BARGAIN is no exception. His writing is succinct and descriptive, yet never overwhelms the reader with unnecessary details or florid prose. The plot moves at a steady pace that allows the book to be consumed in one sitting, but still gives his characters (not to mentions readers) periodic moments to stop and catch their breath.

One of the aspects I love most in all of Reese’s novels are his flawed, fully realized characters. If you like your heroes bold, self-assured, and definitively alpha with just a hint of vulnerability you’re going to love Matthew Hardin.

Hardin's female counterpart is not shrinking violet though. Laila is a decisive woman of action; challenging her lover at every turn with sharp-tongued banter and attitude that doesn’t quit. It was a joy to see Laila’s confidence develop during the course of this book.

Gabriel also populates Paradise Island with a wide array of colorful secondary characters. Be it Leon, crusty owner of the island's seedy watering hole, the duplicitous drug runner Geronimo, Laila's restless, self-centered brother, or the fashionable and deadly smuggler Graham Tolliver, these characters add a quirkiness that enrich the novel’s entire experience.

LAILA'S BARGAIN is one hot sexy island adventure, guaranteed to get anyone in the mood for fun in the sun.

Originally posted at TwoLipsReviews.com.