- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch (July 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060002530
- ISBN-13: 978-0060002534
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,172,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The heroine, Ashley, stumbles into a den of intrigue when she finds a dead body in the course of chaperoning the winners of a dating game show. She then splits her time between getting *way* too involved in trying to figure out what actually happened (and jumping to an awful lot of wrong concludions on the way) and trying to convince people that she *didn't* murder the guy.
Overall, the writing was fairly witty and gripping. It was told from the first person, which worked very well for this character, and allowed the reader to know only what Ashley knew. At times the plot really did seem to drag. Several times I thought I had everything figured out, when I realized there was more than half of the book left. But the main character was quite charming, and very self-aware of her own flaws, which made her all the more endearing.
However, I fail to see how this is categorized as a romance. The whole story is spent *chasing* the hero. They spend all of 6 or 8 *hours* together. From what little the reader knows of him, he seems like a good guy. HOwever, there is very little development of him or their relationship. I would instead classify this as a murder mystery or a suspense novel which happens to have a *small* element of romance.
All in all a worthy first effort. I'd like to see more from this author.
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