Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Angel in Armani by Melanie Scott

Title: Angel in Armani
Author: Melanie Scott
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance 
Series: New York Saints #2
Main Characters: Sara and Lucas
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.


But there is a catch: Lucas also needs Sara. Spring training is upon him, and his schedule is madness. So he asks Sara to be his personal pilot. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. She intends to keep him at arm’s length—especially when she discovers just what different lives they have. Little does Sara know that, for Lucas, the only thing more important than business is pleasure. He only plays to win. And he intends to hit it out of the park…

My Review:

The New York Saints series...yes, I am a fan. I spotted this series over the summer just because of the gorgeous covers...and I was intrigued. I'm easy that way, but then I read the blurbs. These books are about a down-and-almost-out professional baseball team from Staten Island that has been bought by three friends. These three rich, successful guys are tied together by their love of baseball and the fact that they are really amazing guys. So amazing that they were together during a heroic incident in college that ruined all of their baseball careers. (You need to read the books to find out the details about that.)

This particular book is about Lucas, a very successful orthopedic surgeon who's juggling his surgery schedule alongside spring training. The surgeries are in NYC; Spring Training is in Florida so he's back and forth constantly. Not a great thing for a guy with a flying phobia. That's where Sara comes in. She's piloted a helicopter for him a few times. He likes her calm competency and is attracted to her so he stays somewhat distracted by her presence while they fly. He wants her to come work as a pilot for the team. 

Sara has had one awful year. Her father crashed his helicopter during a freak lightning storm and is still dealing with his injuries so she got out of the Army to come home and help with the family helicopter charter company...something that's not going so great. Luck is definitely not on her side. But Lucas is and if she will just trust him enough, she could have a really great thing here. See, Lucas is really, super rich and Sara is not. He doesn't have an issue with that, but she really does. It's a big hang-up for her dating back to her brother's untimely death.

This book sizzles. That initial scene between Lucas and Sara with the power out was scorching hot. I loved how Melanie Scott wrote that scene and explored Lucas's body with all the other senses...yes, it was absolutely just as hot as that sounds. I love stories that fall within the sports trope. This one bounces between the glitz and glamour of NYC and the summer-like atmosphere of the ball fields in spring in Florida. That kind of ambience just nailed this one for me. I loved both extremes and just thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. 

And now I'm ready for Mal's book...and I just spotted his cover for the first time today. I think it's even hotter than these first two. This is definitely a series I've bought in print so it can grace the shelves of my keeper bookcase. I love the New York Saints series and highly recommend it if you like books that fall within the sports trope like me. 

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