- Mass Market Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (27 Dec 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821769944
- ISBN-13: 978-0821769942
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
With his grandmother's failing heart, Garrett feels a duty to succumb to her pressure to get married. If Claire will agree to pose as his fiancé, he will hire a private investigator to locate her missing brother. Having no desire to marry, Garrett is surprised at the feelings that Claire seems to awaken in him. While she is staying with his grandmother at his home on Nob Hill, Garrett finds it difficult to stay away from her and decides that he would like to make her his mistress when their charade is concluded. But Claire will be no man's mistress, even as she fights not to be swayed by Garrett's powers of seduction.
While the attraction and subsequent love scenes between Garrett and Claire are both passionate and steamy, the characters lack the depth that would catapult this read above the ordinary. Garrett is portrayed as the typical male hero, tall, dark, rich, and handsome and chock full of arrogance. And Claire is the naïve, yet feisty virgin. Though many superior novels contain characters of this ilk, the personalities in outstanding romances are so complex and many-layered thereby turning the read from run of the mill to sublime. Overall, though, Ms. Waddell's latest is a pleasing read with a touch of mystery and suspense as the novel draws to its conclusion.
Add a strong dose of sensuality to the mystery and you have a book that will keep you reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Waddell's characters, as well as her storytelling style.
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