Wednesday, September 12, 2012

E-Reading: Book Review of #1 Sizzle in the City by Wendy Etherington

Name of Book: Sizzle in the City

Author: Wendy Etherington

ISBN: 9780373796892

Publisher: Harlequin Blaze

Part of a Series: Flirting with Justice

Type of book: Romance, royalty, loyalty, obedience, family, New York, 2012, cooking, adult

Year it was published: 2012


With the help of her friends, caterer Shelby Dixon is taking justice into her own hands—she's going after the sleazebag who swindled her parents out of their life savings. It's a little vigilante, but hey…no one's perfect.That is, except the sleazebag's half brother.

Millionaire businessman Trevor Banfield is perfect. Perfect looks, perfect everything. And Shelby can't help herself from…well, helping herself. But mixing a sexy fling with revenge seems to be a recipe for disaster. Now she's torn between her taste for Trevor…and her thirst for righting wrongs!


I found the characters to be real and genuine, although towards the end I didn't understand why Shelby had done what she had done. The characters stayed in their personalities and didn't deviate. Shelby is an independent and determined young woman who wants to get even, while Trevor is a tortured hero. (Pet peeve but why in Blaze romances are the heroes always players? Why not say they have healthy relationships that simply didn't work out at the time?) Trevor is drawn between family duty and supporting Shelby as well as trying to face what he fears. While Victoria was visible, we didn't get into her thoughts often enough and I can barely understand her character. Few times I did get into Calla's thoughts and also enjoyed the potential chemistry between her and Detective Antonio. I'm already looking forward to the next two books.


Everything can turn out for the best. Its possible to live in a fairy tale.


The story is written from third person narrative primarily from Trevor's, Shelby's and few times Calla's point of views. The book itself is well written and is replete with believable characters, strong pacing and action. I did feel that it lacked a little in the intimate scenes, but it more than made up with everything else.

Author Information:

Wendy Etherington was born and raised in the deep South-and she has fried-chicken recipes and Nascar ticket stubs to prove it. The author of more than twenty books, she writes full-time from her home in South Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and an energetic shih tzu named Cody. She can be reached via her website


I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book and that I rooted for the hero and heroines. I had to admit that I didn't understand when they set up Max and so forth, but I found the book to be well-written and somehow believable. I think in third book titled Undone by Moonlight we have Calla and the detective that helped the women Antonio, but I wished to could have seen how Victoria met the guy from the second guy. The only thing that I felt was slightly lacking were the intimate scenes between hero and heroine. They were included, but they weren't well written as I had hoped. Other than that, stellar writing, interesting plot and well done characters that felt genuine.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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