Darcie Baxter works at Wunderthings lingerie internation company, when she is offered a chance to open a new store in Sydney, Australia. After her first day in Australia Darcie meets the the incredible Dylan Rafferty who she quickly falls into bed with. Darcie wants a normal sex filled relationship but Dylan can only picture Darcie in his home, pregnant and barefoot. Darcie cannot decide between this love she feels for Dylan or her amazing job.
This report prepared by Jenna
Red Dress Ink, Aug 2002, 12.95, 288 pp.
Manhattan's Darcie Baxter feels quite good about the opportunity to travel to Sydney to open up a branch of the company she works for, Wunderkings Lingerie International. She leaves behind her roommate grandmother, her parents on the other side of the Hudson, and a nasty peer Greta Hinckley trying to undercut her on the job.
On her first night in Australia, Darcie meets sheep rancher Dylan Rafferty. To her shock, they make love that evening. This is the best sex of Darcie's life though her few experiences lack depth of comparisons since her occurrences are so sparse she never even uses her company discounts. Soon Darcie and Dylan fall in love, but he wants her to marry him and raise children on his station, but she cannot cope with the barefoot pregnant image that his desire portrays in her mind.
STRAPLESS is an engaging contemporary romance that adds the flavoring of Sydney to the mix. The story line is fun especially when Dylan talks in "Ozspeak" and Darcie communicates in "Manhattanese" mindful of Crocodile Dundee without the adventure. Though the nastiness of Greta is too obvious for her to get away with her shenanigans, readers will relish Leigh Riker's wild Down Under ride.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner