Author: Kimberly Van Meter
Published: July 21st 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Guarding her body…
CoCo Abelli is the last woman Rian Dalton wants to protect. A spoiled heiress to a designer shoe empire with a reputation for hard partying and getting into trouble? Nope, Rian wants nothing to do with CoCo's kind of trouble. Especially when she has a body designed to make grown men fall to their knees…
Rian is rude and hostile, and CoCo can't resist baiting him—especially with her, uh, assets. When their sparring suddenly erupts into one naughtily hot night, CoCo wonders if maybe this "bodyguard" thing might be okay after all. Until someone tries to kill her. Now Rian has compromised himself, and there's only one way to put distance between CoCo and her killers…by putting himself in the most dangerous position of all!
When you first meet CoCo, there's a strong chance you're going to dislike her. I had my frustrations with her in the beginning, especially with the way she treated the situation she's in. Rian came to her for a reason--to protect her at the request of her father. Once she finds out how real this situation is when somebody finds them, then she starts to realize what's at stake. While CoCo and Rian are hiding out at his brother's house, they find out more about each other--things they never expected. Even though Rian knows they shouldn't, the desire between them is too high. It becomes necessary to follow through on that with one steamy moment after the next. What happens when he no longer needs to protect her?
Sex, Lies and Designer Shoes was full of passion and had just the right amount of intrigue. The threat hanging in the background had the perfect level of intensity--you knew it was there, but it didn't take away from the romance of the story. It was amazing how CoCo grew, and how Rian helped her along just by being there and caring. I was also excited to see Laci and Kane from the first book in the series again! It was great watching them all interact with each other. While I did love Laci and Kane lots, I found that I loved CoCo and Rian a little bit more. Such a great pair of books from Kimberly Van Meter.