THE CINDERELLA SOLUTION:
Have you ever wanted a complete makeover, where the `after' pictures belong in a glossy magazine? Charlotte Taylor, tomboy extrordinnaire, had no such aspirations. Comfortable with her life, she was always ready for a football game and hanging out with the guys, especially with best friend Gabe Donofrio. But Gabe sees her as "one of the guys" and not as the kind of woman who could garner a marriage proposal within a month. Charlotte, never one to resist a bet, starts the makeover and is already planning on how to spend Gabe's thousand dollars.
Even though the bet was his idea, Gabe is already resenting it. Since Charlotte has started her makeover agenda, her dating life has perked up, leaving little time for him. When Charlotte starts dating Jack Landor, the most eligible man in America, Gabe is more than ready to call off the bet. And to top it all off, Charlotte is looking better and better to Gabe's eyes, leaving him with the question of what to do when you're attracted to your best friend?
Yardley provides her readers with memorable characters and an uncomplicated, yet endearing, story. Charlotte and Gabe are struggling to either remain as platonic best friends or to step the relationship up to the next level of intimacy. A sweet story and a fast read, THE CINDERELLA STORY will touch your heart and leave you with a smile on your face.
Lori Foster delights her readers with SAY YES, a modern twist upon the old saying "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" After finding her fiance in her bed with her neighbor's ex-girlfriend, Sara Simmons decides love and marriage isn't for her. But a girl can have a wild fling, right? And who better to choose than her sexy next-door neighbor, Gavin Blake?
But Gavin's looking for more than sex, he wants a full-fledged relationship with Sara. Since the first day they met, in the house Gavin was finishing and Sara fell in love with, to the day he finds a `for sale' sign in front of the same house, Gavin has known that Sara is a special lady. Now he just needs to find a way to convince her that she can have her fling and her man, for keeps. So Gavin fabricates a reason to move in with Sara, not expecting to find her underwear in the kitchen drawers (the only drawers in the house) or the growing menagerie of orphaned animals, including a depressed dog and the cat from hell.
Foster's unique style of red-hot stories blends seamlessly with the humorous qualities of SAY YES. The conflict is honest as Sarah struggles to resolve her desire for a family and her need to protect herself emotionally.
SAY YES is definitely a page-turner that will keep you involved from the beginning. Foster enchants readers with this sexy and romantic romp, a worthy contribution to the fun-filled Harlequin Duets line.
--Reviewed by Julie Shininger for Escape to Romance Reviews