It’s the biggest night of Mallory Dale’s life. She’s unveiling her sexy new burlesque club, The Painted Lady, and her boyfriend has a thrilling surprise for her. An injury forced ballerina Nadia Grant to hang up her toe shoes, so now she’s perfecting the art of the striptease and whipping the crowd at The Painted Lady into a frenzy. Meanwhile, the club’s financial benefactor is endangering his marriage – and the business – when he begins a sizzling affair with a young costume designer. Just when they’re so close to having it all, will the stars of The Painted Lady lose everything?
Its opening night at The Painted Lady and the night is full of surprises for Mallory. After her performance, she is surprised when her boyfriend Alec proposes to her in front of the crowd. The night is going perfectly until Nadia loses it on stage. A packed house, friends and a proposal, what better way to start their new adventure together?
Things quickly go downhill for the gang when their benefactor loses his money over a female. They not only stand losing the club but they have also lost the fabulous costumer to Violet Offender. Mallory knows that the only way to save their club is to win the Vegas Burlesque completion. With Nadia and Maxes help they have the perfect costumes and routines for the show.
Due to an injury Nadia has had to quit performing ballet. She and Mallory have been sharing rehearsal space for a while and Mallory offers her a chance to perform at The Painted Lady she decides to give it a try. She continues to struggle with her performances while Max feels like she is degrading herself when she performs. In the end she finds a compromise they can both live with.
This was a fabulous conclusion to the Club Burlesque trilogy. It pulled me in just as quickly as Fallen Angel did and I didn’t want to put the book down.
It was packed full of emotion and I loved the fact that it wasn’t just about Alec and Mallory. We got to visit with some old favorites and we got to learn more about new ones. I’m glad that Violet Offender was in this book but not a primary focus, I like her but a little bit can go a long way with her.
Both Mallory and Nadia are going through several personal struggles with their relationships. Their men want them to quit dancing on stage but for different reasons. Mallory loves performing on stage and is thrilled to be running the club, she isn’t sure if she wants to quit dancing when she and Alec get married. Nadia can no longer perform ballet and it is killing her. She has so much creative energy and no outlet for it until Mallory offers her the chance to perform at the club. Even that doesn’t fulfill her like ballet did.
There are so many side stories all connected together that the author risks it being too much; in this case it just works. Each individual storyline has such an impact on the overall story that you would be missing something without them. Each person has ties with several other characters that it is obvious that we would be lost without them.
The story is well written and pulls you in from the beginning. It gives us a glimpse into the world of Burlesque, which intrigues me greatly. The characters are interesting and have complex relationships with one another and the ending was fabulous.
I love this series and highly recommend that it be read in order, however these books can be read as a stand alone. I enjoyed this series so much that I bought a copy of Blue Angel to read. I give Naked Angel 4½ Flaming Hearts.