Grace Jenkins is a 25 years old, slightly overweight & self conscious with it. She has very little experience of men as a result, tending to try to become part of the scenery rather than attract attention. Noah Harper, the grandson of her employer, has long been the secret object of her desire, but she cannot contemplate anyone wanting her, yet alone the georgeous Noah. Also, he is engaged to someone else.
The book opens with Noah discovering his fiance, Kara, has been unfaithful. He breaks it off, but at Kara's request, agrees not to let anyone know the reason why. His primary emotion at the end of his engagement is relief - as the reason for getting married to Kara would have been because he was expected to.
Having a few (okay more than a few) drinks with brother Ben at his home two nights later, Noah is surprised when Grace turns up. Grace has been out of town for a few days, and offers her sympathy to Noah, and asside from his brother, is the only one to believe that there must have been a good reason for Noah to break things off. The warmth Noah feels at her loyalty and support, combined with his release from his promise to his former fiance leads Noah to proposition Grace. She refuses, because she does not want to take advantage of his inebriated state. However, when he wakes the next day, his need of her remains, and she quickly takes advantage of him.
Grace believes she has her eyes open about their relationship. Noah is as honest as he can be, and she agrees to keep their relationship strictly sex, and if that sounds like a tacky storyline, it actually is all that Grace initially wants from Noah. Although Noah finds her sexy and inviting, and has no problem with telling her so, Grace finds it hard to overcome a lifetime of feeling unappealing, and at first she simply revels in discovering her appeal.
The book is unabashedly erotic, so if you have any sensitivities in this area, this is not a story for you. However, I enjoyed the 'hot and heavy' relationship between the two principles, and the bulk of the story is not about sex, but about discovery - for both Noah and Grace. Their story is told by the perspective of both, and the reader becomes all the more involved. Secondary characters, such as Ben, Kara and grandmother Agatha also have their own storylines and again the perspective shifts to accommodate them. Sometimes this device serves to repeat things the reader already knows, but here it serves to move the plot along as well as adding depth and involvement with the secondary characters.
I liked Grace's strong character, her very human lack of conviction of her own appeal, and her courage. I enjoyed Noah's discovery of Grace, and although his personal development did not grow as exponentially as Grace's did, the discovery of his true feelings for Grace, in addition to his sexual need of her, was very well told.
I liked the book - the characters, the development, the mix of human emotions. This was the first Lori Foster book I've read, but it won't be the last.