This novel had the ability to just charm the heck out of me while I was reading it! We'll start with our heroine, Nicole. She is beautiful, flirtatious, witty, a bit concerned about how superficial she is... and does not want to end up like her mother, always striving to find a man and love in order to find happines. (Her mother by the way is as annoying as she is hilarious!) Then we have Lucas, he is just plain sexy, intelligent, funny, he has a bit of a "darkeness" to him, but he's more of a charmer and he is totally conflicted in regards to his political aspirations and personal demons.
Together, this couple is just perfect! It's a bumpy road and they do some foolish things, but they simply cannot deny how much they care for each other, not even when they try. I find that in many romance novels the characters don't even seem to like each other and things end up feeling forced. Not in this story. Kasey Michaels is the Queen of banter! While Lucas and Nicole test each others' wit and often end up tongue tied, there are little electric sparks floating around the characters. They freely admit to liking each other and feel that a coupling is inevitable.
I can't praise this novel enough. It has a little of everything you could possibly want. Lucas and Nicole are great friends, great sparring partners, and great lovers!