Simply Sinful

· Simply Series Book 1 · Sold by CP Publishing
60 reviews

About this ebook

He’s not the man she thought he was. But when danger lurks, he’s the man she needs.

Any rookie on the force could verify if Charmed! is a legit etiquette school for businessmen, or…something else. But coming off a wrenching drug bust, Detective Kane McDermott’s captain gave him a choice. Take the fluff case, or take enforced time off.

The moment Kane meets Kayla Luck, he's in trouble. She’s fierce, keen-eyed intelligence in a body built for sin. And when they touch, the jolt of desire reminds him it’s never wise to mix police work with pleasure.

Kayla is used to handling men who are more focused on her curves than her mind. But when her newest client arrives for lessons in foreign language and business etiquette, she’s the one who can’t tear her eyes off all those muscles wrapped in a sexy, double-breasted suit.

Dinner out leads to a hot night in bed, and Kayla falls hard and fast. Until she learns the business suit hides a badge, and she calls it quits. But Kane’s already lost his heart—and discovered she’s in danger. And if he can’t convince her she’s safe with him, he’ll lose the woman he loves.

Note: This title was originally published in 2000 by Harlequin Temptation, Blaze. It appears here in its original glory, without substantial revision.

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60 reviews
Eileen Aberman-Wells
May 12, 2021
Simply Sinful, book one in the Simply series, is a reissue of the first stories written by Carly Phillips; it is an enjoyable read and one of the many early books of hers that I read and re-read. This re-release has been modernized, updated and expanded. This is a story with a humorous bend, a bit of intrigue and suspense; not quite the current, hot and sizzling books she writes. After a case goes wrong, Detective Kane McDermott is assigned an undercover assignment that is anything but the fluff case it was supposed to be. All he had to do was find out if the etiquette business was or was not really an escort service. Kayla Luck has owned Charmed since her aunt and uncle died. From the moment they met, Kane has a hard time not telling Kayla the truth, as the attraction is instant. Keeping things professional helps Kane get to see that Kayla is innocent, but there is definitely something sinister lurking in the wings. Discovering that Kane is a detective, investigating her business does not endear Kayla to him; especially after spending a night together. Kane is determined to keep Kayla safe, becoming her protector and having them live and work together. It is going to take more than the chemistry and magnetic attraction before solving this case. It’s going to take trust, trusting each other, before they will find out who is harm Kayla and her business. Ms. Phillips wrote a wonderful, humorous and sweet story that will pull at your heartstrings and is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sizzling chemistry, amusing banter, and charming characters in order for Kane and Kayla to find their own happily ever after. I highly recommend Simply Sinful to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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Sue Galuska
May 12, 2021
When Kayla Luck's Aunt Charlene passes away, she leaves Charmed!, her etiquette school for businessmen to her. While Kayla has some ideas to bring the business into the modern era she never imagined what mess she would find herself in. Detective Kane McDermott knows he has to find out if Charmed! is on the up and up after receiving an anonymous tip, but he never excepted the jolt he received when he first touched Kayla's hand. While trying to pretend to be in need of etiquette lessons, Kane quickly realizes that will not work and instead gets Kayla to agree to going out to dinner with him which turns into a hot night together. Kane is drawn to how smart Kayla is as well as her curvy figure. The next day when Kayla heads to work, she is attacked and the attacker is looking for "the books". When the police show up, imagine Kayla's surprise when Kane shows up and she realizes he lied to her. Kane has quickly developed feelings for Kayla and insists he stays with her to make sure she is safe. The more time these two spend together, the more obvious their feelings are but because of things from Kane's past he will not take things to the next step. Just as the mystery of "the books" gets solved, Kane must decide if he is ready to let go of the past so he can have a future with Kayla. It will take a lot of looking deep inside himself but eventually Kane comes to realize that what he needs for a happy ending is Kayla. I really enjoyed Kayla. Being very smart and very curvy is something I can really relate to. I loved how she handled things. I also really liked Kane. He was all alpha male but deep down was a soft teddy bear. I really enjoyed their happy ending. It was fun rereading this series that has been updated to more modern times.
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Liza Brown
May 12, 2021
I absolutely adored Simply Sinful, the first book in the Simply series. This book is one of the Carly Classics and it totally stands the test of time. I loved both Kane and Kayla from page one! I had mad love for both of these characters. I loved that Kayla was genius level smart and happened to have a body most men would lose their ability to think when they saw her...and Kane is really no different when he first sees her. I kinda love the hard-nosed cop totally couldn't stay in his undercover character he was so attracted to Kayla. While I did wish Kane was forthcoming with his real reason for being there after he decided Kayla was innocent, I got as a cop he had to follow procedure. I loved this super-fast paced romance. The chemistry between Kane and Kayla had me completely falling for them as a couple, even when he messed up big time. I also really enjoyed the bit of mystery to the story, and especially how Kayla was instrumental in figuring everything out. I love a smart heroine and Carly Phillips does an amazing job writing intelligent women who are also sexy and able to take care of themselves. Simply Sinful was a wonderful story. It pulled me in from page 1 and I didn't want to put it down. I highly recommend this Carly Classic to romance fans who love an emotion filled story. Rating: 5 Stars (A) Review copy provided by publisher
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About the author

Carly Phillips, whose real name is Karen Drogin, was born on July 7, 1965 in New York. She received an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She eventually became a lawyer, but never really enjoyed practicing law. After having her first child, she decided she wanted to write a romance novel. Seven years later, she sold her first book, Brazen, to Harlequin Temptation. She is now the best-selling author of numerous romances including Simply Sinful, The Playboy, Summer Lovin', Hot Property, Cross My Heart, and Lucky Break. She also writes the New York Times bestselling Dare to Love series.

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