HIDDEN PLEASURES (4.5) by Brenda Jackson: Brittany Thrasher grew up in the foster-care system and is stunned to receive a letter from her birth mother. But her mother dies before they can meet and the devastated Brittany takes time away from work and heads to Phoenix. Once again, she comes face to face with Galen Steele. Galen can’t forget the woman whose taxi he commandeered while in New York. When he runs into her in his hometown, he impulsively buys the home that she will lose at auction. After overhearing how important the house is to her, he uses it to barter for what he wants — her. Jackson does a masterful job of drawing readers into the characters’ lives and minds as she unfolds the story of their meeting, romance and happily ever after. A page-turner from start to finish.
Debbie R. Sims