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When She Was Bad
by Cindy Kirk
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Avon, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Jenny Carman is not impressed when she's passed over for a promotion she thought was in the bag. All the extra hours she spent behind her desk rather than with friends and family were a complete waste of time. Add the fact that she has yet to find Mr. Right or answer the call of her rapidly ticking biological clock and her mood only gets bleaker. Jenny realizes that it's high time she shed her boring business suits and safe and sensible inclinations, and had some fun on Friday nights rather than staying home and folding laundry.

A few days later, a brand new Jenny has emerged and she's ready for action clad in a hot red camisole and sexy stilettos. Despite feeling entirely out of her element in the bar scene, she's delighted when businessman Robert Marshal casts her approving glances. Before she realizes what she's done, she's created a fake identity and let loose what she perceives is her inner bad girl. By the end of the night, Jasmine and Robert are making out just fine and their affair only gets hotter as the weeks pass. Robert might be falling head over heels for Jenny's sexy alter ego but her innocent fantasy becomes increasingly complicated as she's forced to invent new lies to cancel out the old ones. Jenny realizes she's going to have to 'fess up sooner rather than later. But how can she be sure that Robert will understand her motivations and forgive her for lying to him in the first place?

Cindy Kirk has written a handful of categories, and now graduates into single title contemporary romance. Jenny and Robert light up the pages in and out of the bedroom, and their story, while not overly complicated, is nicely written. Kirk offers a good balance of humor and passion and the characters' problems are involving and believable. When She Was Bad is a breezy and enjoyable contemporary that fans of lighter romance will appreciate.

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