Publisher: Berkley Books
I picked up this book a few weeks ago when I recognized it as the one I hadn’t read of Lori Foster’s latest series. It certainly was eye catching! The picture on the front was hot and the synopsis on the back lead me to believe that I had in my hands another sizzler. It had been a while since I had read the other books of this series and so I had some trouble at the beginning remembering the premise and the characters of the other books.
In Back in Black, Gillian Noode (too obvious a pun) is hired as a PR consultant for Drew Black – the aggressive, potty-mouthed, head of the SBC Fight organization. She is supposed to mold him into a softer, gentler, PG rated version of himself. So….she sleeps with him……repeatedly! I have come to anticipate super-hot love scenes from Lori Foster. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the sensual nature of her books! I also realize that I am reading fiction, not non-fiction. But really, Gillian has been hired because of her reputation as being able to deal with difficult clients and what does she do? – She drops her laundry – over and over and over again!
Every time Gillian tries to talk business with Drew, he seduces her. She never calls him on this behavior with any degree of believability. She comments several times that she has been hired to do a job and she isn’t supposed to sleep with him. She seems to be vaguely concerned that she’ll lose her job, but these concerns don’t seem to keep her clothes on!
By the end of the story there does seem to be the required change in Drew’s behavior, but only when Gillian is there to prompt him. There is a wonderful relationship between Brett and Audrey that I humbly feel could have been a better focus of this installment of the SBC books than the interaction between Drew and Gillian was. On the raw heat scale this book gets a 5 but otherwise gets a 3.5
RT Book Reviews give Back in Black 4 1/2 stars and says the following: “Foster’s latest is pure entertainment and a joy to read.”