Genie by Kitty French
Source: Review by Request
ARC provided by the Author
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Meet Genie Divine, the wise-cracking London show-girl on a hell-bent mission to save her beloved family theatre.
Now meet Abel Kingdom, the Australian gym mogul determined to buy it out from underneath her.
On paper they have nothing in common, and when they meet, they have even less.
The only thing they DO have is chemistry.
Undeniable, rip-my-clothes-off-and-do-me-now-against-the-wall chemistry.
Feathers. Lies. Glitter. Secrets. Lust.
He wants her theatre. She wants him dead.
The stage is set for an explosive summer…
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She wanted to make him come so hard his knees would buckle, yet at the same time she wanted to clamp her hands around his throat and stop his breath. It was exhausting, and she was more than aware that the sexual tension was distracting her from the real and urgent business of raising enough money to keep hold of the theatre.
An enemies to lovers modern romance with a delicious burlesque twist!
I LOVED IT!
The witty dialogue was the real star of this story – the back and forth between Genie Divine & Abel Kingdom (how fabulous are those names, by the way?) had me highlighting passages in this book like crazy!
There was so much steamy sexual chemistry between the MCs – the whole ‘I hate you but I also ache for you’ attitude was incredibly entertaining. The reader is easily swept up in this relationship from the very beginning and it was a joy to watch everything play out.
Large doses of humor to kept the story grounded and light-hearted.
This book is downright charming.
“I don’t like him, he doesn’t like me, and then every now and then we meet in the middle and rip each other’s clothes off.”
Genie is a believable, relatable, strong, smart female lead and I fell in love with her character instantly. She’s confidant and tenacious and stole my heart.
She has spent her entire life in Theatre Divine, raised by her uncle, and eventually performing on stage. Unfortunately, times are tough for the aging theatre and Uncle Davey has decided to sell the property. Genie isn’t willing to give up the family business just yet though, she plans to go toe-to-toe with the asshole who wants to take her home away.
Her home and her livelihood – Genie performs a burlesque number on stage at Theatre Divine which captivates her audience night after night… Even those members of the audience who are determined to remain aloof…
Abel wasn’t an unethical man; it bothered him that he wanted to fuck her senseless and then fuck her over. Business and pleasure, a bad mix as always.
Oh Abel! What a fabulously filthy mouth on this guy… Imagining the delicious things whispered by this man all wrapped up in an Australian accent will have you melting…
You really want to hate him for trying to take the Divine Theatre, but the reader is quickly informed that purchasing the property is more than just a business decision. It’s personal.
His plan to gut the old theatre and turn it into a gleaming gym – another one in a chain of successful ventures – seems like a done deal. He wasn’t counting on Genie Devine, though.
Even though he is incredibly attracted to the feisty red-head, Abel has a past which makes him deeply distrustful of any woman who combines sexuality and business. All he has to do is ignore the chemistry drawing him like a magnet to Genie, close the deal on the theatre, and close a dark chapter in his life forever.
He’s so confident that his deal to take over her theatre will go through, that he agrees to give her eight-weeks to raise enough money to save the place.
Let the games begin…
Burlesque isn’t cheap, Abel, and it isn’t prostitution. It’s an age-old form of entertainment, rich in comedy and music hall tradition. It’s about striptease, illusion, art… a celebration of women. Yes, it’s suggestive. Yes, it’s sexy. But it’s not obscene, or debasing to the performer or the watchers.
The setting was practically a character in its own right. It is the only home that Genie has ever known – she’s lived her entire life there, she works there, and she even lives in an apartment above the building.
Genie has an awesome attitude about burlesque, and about female sexuality in general. She truly raises her performances into an art-form… Even as Abel tries to pretend it’s something trashy.
So there you have it – A brilliant, charming story with heat and romance…
It’s the smart and sassy Genie Divine vs. the sexy and wealthy Abel Kingdom…
Theatre Divine hangs in the balance, and so does the possibility of love…
‘I’m not just a showgirl, Abel,’ she murmured. ‘I’m a woman.’
He dropped his eyes to her pale breasts encased in nude coloured lace.
‘I see that.’
‘Do you?’ she whispered. ‘Do you really, Abel?’
He shifted her in his arms, holding her easily, one arm under her ass, his other hand sliding up her back. She’d been close against him before, but now he pressed her slowly closer, vertebra by vertebra. He stopped when he reached her bra strap. Her arms were around his neck, and his mouth hovered breath-close to hers.
‘You don’t take your clothes off. I take them off you.’
About the Author:
Erotic romance writer, wine drinker, disorganized wife and mom.
Also writes romantic comedy as Kat French, with 1st novel Undertaking Love out now from HarperCollins.