This is my first HQ Loveswept and I enjoyed it. It's short, sexy, and gets the job done.
Julianna Harte was raised watching her father steal so they could keep up appearances to the ton around them. Now, she needs to steal on her own so she can pay the rent on a charitable home she runs. But while she's thieving she is caught by Alasdair Sharpe and they agree that if she spends the night with him he'll give her the pearl she came to steal.
The next morning Alisadir wakes up to discover the pearl and the woman gone. The thing is, he had no intention of actually letting her take the pearl. And she was a virgin so this all seems a lot more complicated. Determined to find the woman he can't get out of his head and his priceless family heirloom, he starts to look for her.
Julianna is having some trouble too. It seems she didn't really think about how she was going to sell a well known, priceless pearl. She doesn't want her father to know that she can't seem to handle the books for her charity without the need to steal so she can't ask him for help. Also, he might not understand her giving up her maidenhead for a pearl...
Yeah, the plot is bad. I mean B A D. But the sex is hot, and the writing decent. If you think of Alasdair as a stupid jock type and Julianna as a dimwitted debutante everything make sense. The two deserve one another, and did I mention the sex was hot?
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a hot read that you can skim through in an hour, this fits the bill.