Keeping House

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Keeping House

Truth or Dare

Keeping House by Lee Brazil is a fun, fast-paced and sexy story that kept me up well past my bedtime. I have a huge fondness for the `opposites attract' storyline. Throw in a little humor, likeable characters and some hot sex and I'm as content as my lazy dog, napping in the warm sun.

Mischa Blake is tired of his three meddling older brothers' putting their noses in his business. For some time now, they've been pressuring him to get rid of his piercings and Mohawk and to buckle down and work for the family empire, instead of partying and blowing his allowance from his trust fund money. Even though Mischa's brothers are a thorn in his side, he loves them and meets with them every Wednesday night for their weekly game of poker. One Wednesday night, the brothers' raise the stakes on the unsuspecting Mischa. They bet that he will not be able to hold down a job and live off of whatever income he makes from that job for a whole year. Since Mischa is in the position where he can't refuse, he agrees to find a job and make his own way in life for a year. But, finding a job is harder than Mischa realized. After several failed attempts to find one, he lands an interview for a housekeeping job. Since he's out of money and down on his luck, he doesn't have much hope in getting it. As soon as he meets his new prospective boss, Donovan, he's immediately attracted to the conservative man. So, Mischa exaggerates about his house-maintaining abilities and manages to get the job as Donovan's live in housekeeper. Now if Mischa can only learn to cook, do laundry and keep his hands off of his sexy new boss, he might be able to keep his job after all.

Donovan Holloway was at the bottom of his rope. He recently moved into his dream house, but since being promoted at his job, has been unable to find time to unpack, much less clean so his house is in total chaos. When Mischa showed up on his doorstep for an interview, Donovan knew he had no choice but to hire him. The heavily pierced, sexy man intrigued and attracted him like he had never been before. As the two men become friendly, their attraction soon buds into something much deeper than either one of them could have ever wished for. But, when Mischa's meddling brother's find out about their relationship, will they let Mischa and Donovan seek their own happiness together or try to pull them apart?

I really enjoyed this book. I thought all of the characters were interesting and well written. I adored Mischa. His rebellious nature and willingness to fight hard to find his own way in life and for his true love, made my heart melt. Donovan was another character I liked. His seemingly conservative lifestyle is just the tip of what his character is really like. I liked that even though Donovan and Mischa were different, they were able to find a common ground and form a happy life together.

I will say that if you don't like the `love at first sight' premise, this book might not be for you. Mischa and Donovan realize their love for one another very early into their relationship, and while I personally love to read stories like this one, it might not be for everyone. To me, it was a fun, flirty, sexy and fast-paced sweet romance that I thoroughly enjoyed and hope to read more of from this author. Keeping House also reads like the beginning of a series, and I really hope that this is true. I liked all of the characters introduced in this book and it would be great to see how everyone turns out as time goes by. I'm looking forward to reading more by Lee Brazil and will definitely keep my eye out for more books written by this author in the future.

Book Blurb for Keeping House

Mischa knew his brothers were up to something. He didn't know it would lead him to Donovan Holloway and change his carefree lifestyle forever.

Donovan Holloway, advertising executive, newly made vice president of the company where he's worked for twenty years, grew up in a free love hippie commune, taking care of the parents who should have been taking care of him. He's worked hard to put himself through school and achieve the American dream. All he's ever wanted was a normal family life—house in the suburbs, two cars, two kids, a shaggy dog. A family to come home to—to care for, and to care for him.

Mischa Blake is the green eyed, liberally-pierced, black-haired, Mohawk-wearing spoiled youngest son of a Hollywood producer and his actress wife. Mischa has made a terrible mistake. In a fit of childish pique, he's accepted a dare from his older brothers. The dare? Live on his own, supporting himself completely for a year without accessing his trust fund. No problem. Except Mischa has never worked a day in his life, hasn't finished college, and has absolutely no skills that he can bring to the table.

So when he sees Donovan's ad for a housekeeper/gardener, he has nothing to lose by applying, because hard can it be?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.50