Author: Calista Fox
Release Date: 1 August 2011
Number of pages: 66 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon
Grade: 4 stars
Fiona Carlisle didn't think anything could hurt as much as finding her fiancé in bed with her sister. But receiving an invitation to the happy couple's engagement party comes a close second. Determined to prove to her family and herself that she's moved on, Fiona has every intention of attending, looking red-hot and with an even hotter man on her arm. And there's only one man who will do: renowned photographer and reputed playboy Michael Houston.
Fiona's rebound fling with Michael was a brief but erotic romp. Michael has made no secret of the fact that he's still interested. So when Fiona asks him to escort her to the engagement party, he agrees, with one condition: she must spend a sensual weekend with him picking up where they left off.
Intensely attracted to Michael, Fiona can't resist his offer for long. But when the weekend is over, will she be able to resist giving him her heart?
This review was originally published at Book Lovers Inc.
My Thoughts: I was in a reading slump during a read-a-thon and needed something short and sweet (or sexy) and IOU Sex was exactly that. It is no secret that it was the premise which drew me in and made me want to read this story. I was curious how Calista Fox could unravel such a complex premise and develop it in a novella (if you know me, you know how I hate novellas because usually the length restriction always harms the story), and I have to tell you I was satisfied.
I can't even imagine what poor Fiona must have gone through: to not only discover her fiancé in bed with another woman but that other woman being her own little sister! As an older sister I can't understand or even imagine such utter betrayal of the sisterly bond. It is even more sacred than the "thou shall never gaze upon an ex-boyfriend of one of your girl friends".
Fiona was a nice heroine. Of course after such a betrayal and heartbreak she is vulnerable, shy and wary of relationships and men, and is especially afraid of her own feelings towards one of his best friends Micheal.
Michael Houston. Famous photographer. Master flirt. Hottie extraordinaire.Michael is everyone's (wet) dream: he is gentleman-like, playful, intense, Greek-god-looking-like, master in the sack and a reliable friend. But he is also a major womanizer which makes Fiona worry that for her healing heart he is not the ideal candidate to reenter the dating scene with. However, she is fine with borrowing said Greek-god-like friend and stroll into her little sister and ex-fiancé's engagement party on his arm.
After such a humiliating and hurtful event I get why Fiona needs to show everyone that she picked herself up off the ground and is doing just fine. The knowledge that every guest at the reception is familiar with what took place and pities her must be terrifying, and yet to put this horrible experience behind her she soldiers on and bravely faces them. I was very glad to see she finally had enough of swallowing her feelings and hurt and told her mother and sister what she thought of them, it was about time!
Michael is a wonderful hero. Besides his attractiveness it is obvious he has a warm and generous heart, and he would do whatever Fiona asks him to do. The air between these two sizzles, and I loved how Micheal's confidence and endearing cockiness put Fiona on the spot and either lulled her or raised her hairs in awareness. It was like watching a snake charming: the excitement, thrill making the air hum with energy yet being wary and careful at the same time.
The chemistry and the love scenes between them were hot and exciting, I would have loved to read their story for longer :-)
What surprised me is that based on its title I expected IOU Sex to be a short erotica, centered around a whirlwind romp and some detailed bedroom antics between Fiona and Michael but it was so much more than that! It was a sweet and sexy romance with great characters and genuine plot.
Verdict: IOU Sex was a quick and light read, perfect for a short escape. It is very well written and the author makes the most of the length restrictions of the novella. I can't wait to read more from her, and especially some full-length novels! IOU Sex is a great sexy read I would recommend!