My review is cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Mar10/alllitup.cf.html
Interior designer Anna Deveau has made a pact with her two best friends, Lindsay and Candace, to swear off men. Given that there’s only one man Anna has ever truly wanted and he broke her heart back in high school, keeping to the deal shouldn’t be a problem. When Anna, Lindsay, and Candace take on an odd client who wants an old Victorian home restored and turned into an inn for lovers, it doesn’t help take Anna’s mind off of her non-existent sex life. Then each woman is asked to design a room based on their own personal fantasy. Even though Anna has given up on her dreams of happily ever after, that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t have their most romantic fantasies fulfilled. The only complication? The one bricklayer available to build the fireplace in Anna’s room happens to be the very man who shattered her dreams. It seems Daniel Long is back in town and he’s more determined than ever to make Anna believe in happily ever afters once again.
Cathryn Fox wraps up her engaging Pleasure Inn series with the final designer, Anna, finally getting her own shot at romance. I admit, of the three stories, All Lit Up was the one I was looking forward to the most. Anna’s romantic nature appealed to me and it was with great excitement that I began reading All Lit Up. Much to my disappointment, Anna and Daniel do not seem to have matured much past that one point in high school where both of their hearts were broken. Unlike the previous two stories in the series, there was no real life to this tale. Everything seemed kind of dropped on the page and I formed no emotional attachment to either Anna or Daniel.
A lackluster finale to the Pleasure Inn trilogy shouldn’t take away from the fact that the first two books, All Tied Up and All Worked Up were incredibly appealing reads. Though each romance stands on its own, I suggest reading the trilogy in order to better follow along with the mystical setup of the series, which also wraps up in All Lit Up. Though All Lit Up was not for me, I was glad to see Anna finally get the happy ending she wanted.