Pulled Under by Kelli Ireland

pulled underTitle: Pulled Under

Author: Kelli Ireland

Mills & Boon imprint: Blaze

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: IRS Senior Field Investigator Harper Banks

The hero: Stripper and part club owner Levi Walsh

The blurb: Levi Walsh is the part-owner of a bar featuring the sexiest exotic male dancers – including himself. But as Levi goes over the books, he realises something is not right. Then the IRS comes knocking…

Investigator Harper Banks is determined not to notice that Levis is seriously sexy. But even as his skilled seduction melts her rigid self-control, Harper is certain Levi is lying to her. Which means she’ll have to strip him down… and pull him under!

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Pleasure Before Business series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Okay, let’s check out the cover first. Yum! Now, the title. One thing I have noticed about the majority of the Mills & Boon books is that the titles are, well, awful. I sometimes wonder if the powers that be have some sort of competition going to see who can come up with the worst title. Half the time, it doesn’t even have anything to do with the story. I’m really not loving the title for this book. Pulled under what?

Moving on. Oh, Harper and Levi. They both have trust issues, poor dears, and rightly so. They’ve both been betrayed by people they should have been able to trust, Harper more so, which means she finds it hard to trust Levi and the feelings she develops for him. It doesn’t help that Levi lies and withholds information she needs to do her job, and of course, when it finally comes out, she arrests his ass as any good IRS agent would do… even though she’s already in love with him.

Throw in some seriously shifty partners on his part, a somewhat strange one on hers, and it’s a wonder they weren’t both nervous wrecks by the end of it. They’re both miserable for a little while after the investigation goes south, but in the end, Levi is not going to give up on Harper and he goes to get his girl.

He talks her into attending a show the first night she’s there and involves her in the ridiculously hot dance he does, which is fun. I do think the way they sparred on the first day was a little unprofessional on her part, and the way he called her “Harp” here and there was annoying, but otherwise it was a good read and the sex scenes were hot *g*