REVIEW: ‘Lead Me On’ (2010) by Victoria Dahl

by Sarah on January 11, 2010 · 7 comments

Genre: Contemporary Romance

POV: 3rd Person from both hero and heroine’s perspectives

Sensuality: Hot

Violence: Mild

My Grade: B+

Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl is a fun, sexy read and my favourite of her books to date.

Jane Morgan is living a lie. As Quinn Jennings’ ├╝ber-competent office manager, she runs his architectural firm with iron precision. Her personal life is no exception. She dresses the part of the successful businesswoman and dates conservative men in suits. Unfortunately, Jane is so determined to put her wild child past behind her that she’s lost sight of who she really is.

Chase blows up things for a living. As an excavation expert, he gets paid to blast holes in rocks. Chase’s latest contract is with Quinn Jenning’s firm. When he stops by the office to pick up some paperwork, he is surprised at his attraction to Quinn’s prissy office manager. Acting on impulse, Chase asks her out to dinner. When she refuses, he give her his business card in case she should change her mind.

Jane is shocked at the attraction she feels for the dusty, tattooed blue-collar worker standing in her office. The chemistry between them is intense and nothing like the indifference Jane felt for her last boyfriend, Greg, a suave lawyer in designer suits. When Chase asks her out, Jane is sorely tempted to accept but forces herself to refuse. She doesn’t want to go back to the way she used to be and end up dating a loser.

Later that evening, after a few too many drinks, Jane gives in to her baser instincts and calls Chase. She proposes a no-strings-attached one-night stand. Chase jumps at the chance and they spend a hot night together. Chase is delighted at how things have turned out, whereas Jane is horrified that she slept with him. While Chase is in the shower, Jane sneaks out, determined never to see him again.

Chase is annoyed at Jane for walking out on him without saying goodbye. But despite the rocky start, romance blossoms. When Jane’s little brother is arrested on suspicion of murder, it’s Chase she turns to for support.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lead Me On. Jane is seriously messed up but she slowly learns to accept herself for who she really is rather than the person she feels she ought to be. Chase is a more balanced character. He has also had family issues but he’s worked through them and learned to live with the aspects he’s powerless to change.

My one quibble with Lead Me On was the subplot involving Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Greg. I didn’t feel it advanced the plot. It was a minor subplot, however, so this didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.

I love Victoria Dahl’s signature style. Her characters are flawed and she doesn’t provide moonlight and roses at the end of her books. For fans of hot contemporary romance, I can highly recommend Lead Me On.

Other Reviews of Lead Me On:

Jane at Dear Author - B+

Pearl’s World of Romance - 9 out of 10

The Book Pushers - 4 out of 5

All About RomanceB-

Katiebabs - B

Smexybooks4.5 stars


Mandi January 11, 2010 at 13:15

Loved this one…Chase and Jane have some great chemistry going on..and Mac, I heart Mac :)

Leontine January 11, 2010 at 13:41

If there is one thing that triggers my curiosity is the fact everyone, and now you Sarah, keep talking about the characters of Dahl’s books. If I have time and my CC alows it I think I’ll buy me the first in this trilogy :D

Sarah January 11, 2010 at 13:50

@Mandi: Yes! I also loved Mac!

@Leontine: Victoria Dahl’s contemporaries straddle the fence between mainstream contemporary romance and erotic romance. I think you might like her books. The heroine of the first book, Talk Me Down, was controversial because of her in-your-face sexuality and sense of humour, but I liked her.

Stacy ~ January 11, 2010 at 15:08

Another fab review Sarah. I have to agree about the subplot. She tends to include them in each story and I just don’t care for them. For me they take away from the relationship between the h/hn. But I loved Jane & Chase together, and yeah, Mac was cool.

Jill D. January 11, 2010 at 15:19

This sounds good. I can’t believe I missed all those other reviews, though. Where I have been? I take it this just came out in January. I feel like I have been living under a rock or something :)

katiebabs January 11, 2010 at 18:00

I’m a bigger fan of the dynamics between the main couple then the mystery plot. To me, Victoria is a solid author and I always look forward to her future releases.

Plus, she write really great sex scenes where the hero loves that the heroine is all smutty with him :)

Sarah January 12, 2010 at 13:52

@Stacy ~: I’ve enjoyed all Victoria Dahl’s contemporary romances. I really need to try one of her historicals.

@Jill D.: Yes, Lead Me On is just out.

@katiebabs: Victoria Dahl writes the best sex scenes I’ve come across in mainstream contemporary romance.

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