- Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Books (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373835736
- ISBN-13: 978-0373835737
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,990,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Finalist #1 is Roxanne Perry, a single mother of four, who isn't positive wealthy entrepreneur Christopher "Kit" Lawrence is right for her, but his matchmaking father certainly thinks so!
"Callum Fox had no idea he was a dad, but after some quick calculating he decides to pay finalist #2, single mom -- and former lover -- Jody Reilly, a visit she won't soon forget!
"Kylie Birmingham has no time for frivolous activities like traveling and romance. But her meddling mom, finalist #3, has plans. She thinks pilot Wade McKinnon is perfect for Kylie, and everyone knows Mom is always right!
"Falling in love has never been this exciting ... or unpredictable!"
I was really looking forward to reading this collection, which contains authors by three authors I regularly read. I really enjoyed Hoffmann's "Mighty Quinns" series, and Diamond's Nowhere Junction collaborations are some of the funniest "Duets" I've read. Shalvis usually manages both sex and spark in her books.
Unfortunately, I found the Hoffmann and Diamond contributions to be somewhat ho-hum. It's a challenge to write for a collaboration like this -- you have to build great characters and a decent romance in a limited amount of time. Unfortunately, "Romancing Roxanne" and "Daddy Come Lately" just didn't provide enough of either. Both failed to provide enough humor or tension to really fulfill me as a reader.
Shalvis' contribution, "Love is in the Air" is by the far the best of the three. The tension between the characters is great, the secondary characters are a hoot, and the romance builds satisfactorily (or as satisfactorily as you can get in a novella). It's a snappy, fun read with some characters that will stick with you.
I'm keeping this for "Air," but otherwise it didn't meet my (admittedly high) expectations.
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