"The Red Diary" by Toni Blake is a 2004 romance novel which was rereleased (and apparently updated by Blake) to take advantage of the "50 Shades of Grey" market. And for those who enjoy a good story with a smattering (or more) of sex, this is a perfect match.
In "The Red Diary," Lauren Ash has many fantasies. Although in real life she is rather prim and proper, she enjoys writing about her fantasies in a notebook she keeps in her home office. When her handsome painter, Nick, stumbles onto (or rather finds) the book, he can't help using the sensuous scenes when he's with Lauren.
Nick has troubles of his own. His father is a drunk who lost the family business to his partner after Nick's mother died. The partner just happens to be Lauren's father. Nick's brother was injured years ago and is cared for by his sister.
Nick is a playboy and Lauren is not ready for a one-night stand. But, of course, it all works out with lots and lots of steamy sex scenes and charming men.
Please note: This review is based on the final paperback book provided by the publisher, Avon, for review purposes.
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