Author: Jo Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze, January 2013
Lying in Bed is perfect if you're looking for something light and fun. The basic story's simple: FBI agents Ryan Vail and Angie Wolf are undercover at a "couples" getaway, which is led by marriage guidance counsellors. Their aim is to snare a blackmailer. To do this, their cover is that of Mr. and Mrs. Ebsen: a wealthy woman, and her leaching, cheating spouse.
The setup sparked my interest at once, especially since the getaway is taking place at a luxury resort and spa, with treats like "Tantric Massage In-Room Tutorials."
Ryan and Angie and Ryan are attracted to each other, but have been fighting it. Ryan's a well-known womanizer, he gets close to no one. Angie is aware of this.
When Angie is told that she'll have to step into the assignment at the last minute to take the place of Ryan's FBI partner who's caught up in a case, Angie accepts, but panics. Similarly, Ryan panics when he wakes up in their bedroom at the resort and finds Angie lying in bed next to him.
Although he has no idea how he'll do it, Ryan is determined that the assignment will be a success, no matter what kind of temptation Angie presents. He's also determined that he'll get a promotion as a result of that success.
Inevitably, whenever Ryan's close to Angie, he reacts physically. The first time this is a real problem is when they're cuddling in large bean bag as part of an exercise. Delilah, one of the counsellors, calls this position: "home base... It's where you go when you need to feel safe." Needless to say, neither Ryan nor Angie feels particularly safe in this position.
The novel's sex scenes were fine. However, I had trouble believing in both Ryan and Angie as undercover FBI agents, and couldn't warm up to either of them. That said, the book held my interest, and was an enjoyable read.
Rating: 3 (out of 5 stars)
(A review copy was provided.)