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"An engaging contemporary romance"

Being the daughter of the Pleasantville slut, everyone assumes Cassie Tremaine Montgomery is a chip off the old block actively going down to whomever wants it. It is not surprising that her prom night date disrespects her, seeking sex that Cassie rejects. She needs help to control him, but even Sheriff Richard Taggart tries to score with the seventeen-year-old.

Over the next decade, Cassie becomes an internationally famous model. She returns to the unpleasant memories of Pleasantville to flaunt her success at those who mistreated her and to hide from a stalker. Sheriff Sean Taggart, son of the pig who accosted her on prom night, stops Cassie on a driving violation when she first speeds into town. He finds he desires Cassie, and senses a vulnerability and hurt beneath her disagreeable armor. Cassie opens a shop filled with sexual toys as a snub your nose venture at all those whom rejected her as trailer trash, making her even less ideal to become Sean's spouse. So why does he only dream of wakening up to breakfast in bed with Cassie?

NAUGHTY BUT NICE is an engaging contemporary romance that provides the audience with a wonderful heroine struggling with more demons than Dante could have ever described. Sean is a wonderful law enforcement official struggling with the conflicting desires of his personal life. An unnecessary stalking subplot adds suspense, but this tale belongs to the sexual tension between the lead protagonists that is so palpable in and out of her shop that it carries the novel without extra help. Readers will also want to read the companion novel, NATURALLY NAUGHTY, starring Cassie's cousin.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 15, 2002

SUMMARY

She's taking the law into her own hands ... literally!

Cassie Tremaine Montgomery: The stunning lingerie model with a tough as nails attitude and a sheriff in her sights.

Sean "Tag" Taggart: The sexy as sin sheriff who is more than willing to play Cassie's game ... his way.

Cassie intends to use all the seductive powers she has to entice Tag as part of her revenge on her hometown. Tag, however, isn't cooperating. He's more than willing to set the sheets on fire with her, but he's asking for more than just sizzling sex .... he knows she's not as tough as she pretends. And he knows she cares about him -- even if she won't admit it. That's fine. He'll just turn up the heat until she concedes there's more between them than this red- hot passion.

Bare Essentials .. Revenge has never been this good ...

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Naughty But Nice
(#63 Bare Essentials)
by Jill Shalvis

Harlequin (Blaze)
November 1, 2002
ISBN #0373790678
Paperback
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