Angels on Zebras
Angels on Zebras is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it a book you should read anywhere but in the privacy of your own house, where no one can see you blush. What author Peggy Webb has created is a romance as whimsical as its title, although far sexier and more witty than you can imagine. I recommend Angels on Zebras as a guilty pleasure – it’s almost an embarrassment to admit I enjoyed it.
Magic Maxie and Joseph Beauregard’s first private moment together at his brother’s house is when he overhears her in the throes of passion. His own passion ignited, he peeks through the door to discover her having phone sex. She’s naked and he’s hot and they’re both mortified to have been caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. Maxie is an interior decorator with a penchant for the theatrical. She favors short skirts – panties optional. Joseph is a staid lawyer, engaged for five years to a bland and blond psychologist.
Maxie prefers phone sex these days because she has a penchant for turning respectable men into lunatics and she doesn’t want to be responsible for hurting her sister and brother-in-law by doing the same to Joseph. Joseph, however, has other plans once he meets up with Maxie again, and hires her to redecorate his bedroom as a form of torture for them both. Having her in his house makes him crazy. Being in his house makes her crazy.
Joseph wants Maxie any way he can get her. Maxie is torn between wanting Joseph, not wanting Joseph, and acting like a woman scorned when Joseph breaks up with his fiancé and starts dating every bimbo in town. Meanwhile, their agreement to only have a phone sex relationship blows up in their faces and it takes all of Joseph’s considerable skills to turn things around.
The author creates a fairly solid set of secondary characters, although Maxie’s gay assistant was a cliché. Undoubtedly, this is the sexiest Loveswept I’ve ever read; indeed, it is one of the steamiest romances I’ve ever read. And yet, there’s more to it than love scenes, though not much.
This is not a book to be overly analyzed – it is what it is, funny, light, ribald, and surprisingly sentimental. If you can accept Maxie’s quirks, and the odd twists and turns to Maxie’s and Joseph’s behavior, you’ll get a kick out of this very quick read. Don’t try it if you’re looking for logic, subtlety, and depth. It’s just plain fun.