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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Review: French Kissing

French Kissing
by Nancy Warren

“Fashion crime” takes on a whole new meaning…

Manhattan magazine editor and fashionista Kimi Renton is one of the beautiful people at couture week every year. But this time she’s stuck with a rumpled P.I. posing as her photographer. Holden MacGreggor is tough-guy gorgeous – and badly attired. So if he’s going to play the part right, she’s going to have to dress him properly… then undress him slowly.

Soon they’re having so much fun under the covers they almost forget that they’re supposed to be undercover, busting up and international theft ring. Then ooh, la, la turns into oh-oh when they’re found out.

Could this be the last tango in Paris for both of them?

This was an appealing book on so many levels with a rather unique premise. It definitely appealed to me and I was glad that I picked it up off the rack.

Kimi Renton is relatively happy with her life. She has a love of clothing that she has been able to turn to her advantage as a fashion editor for a magazine. There are only a few things missing to complete that happiness, but she is at least content with what she does have. Her family ties are a source of unhappiness, and I felt her pain as she relates her past hurts and trials. I loved that she was an ambitious woman without being heartless or cruel or just a plain cold witch. She was warm and fun-loving, while being devoted to her career and the fashion world. I liked Kimi and felt as if she would be a great woman to have as a friend. When Holden pushes his way into her life, she’s obviously not very happy about it. What is she going to do with a rumpled P.I. who is obviously not the least bit interested in the fashion he is supposed to be photographing. Seems like a makeover is in order, but she soon finds she can’t change the man underneath and that she doesn’t even want to.

Holden MacGreggor could care less about fashion. His interests lie in the great outdoors and photography. When he gets himself assigned to Kimi as her photographer, he thinks it’s a stroke of genius… until Kimi informs him that she won’t be seen during couture week with him dressed as he is. Holden doesn’t really see what is wrong with his comfortable clothing that serves the purpose of keeping him covered! I loved his tough-guy persona. He was all-business when he needed to be, but he could see how his appearance could mean bad publicity for Kimi and her magazine. The fact that he had an amazing eye for color and composition only made him that much more appealing to me. His dry sense of humor and amazing ability to bring on the heat had me firmly in his corner and half in love with him myself.

This was an exciting, sensual journey through Paris that left me gasping on more than one occasion… one particular photographic journey through the Paris streets at night comes to mind! I loved how Nancy Warren combined high fashion with a world of intrigue that I never would have imagined. As I’m a fashion-loving girly-girl who wishes I could afford to be a fashionista, this book just grabbed me and held on all the way to the end. It was fun to see the heat build between Kimi and Holden, and to witness them fall for each other despite their obvious differences. Holden’s complete protectiveness of Kimi made me all warm and tingly, even when neither of them realized that it was a sign of deeper feelings. Throw in the interesting cast of characters that tag along for the ride and you’ve got yourself a fun and exciting read.

I found this to be a very enjoyable book that I highly recommend you take a look at if the combination of high fashion, action with a bit of suspense and a lot of heat is at all appealing to you... and come on, who wouldn’t find that appealing?



Review by Viscaria







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Edited to add: Congratulations to Pam P. -- today's winner of the Book-a-Day Giveaway!

22 comments:

Dena said...

I've read a few of Nancy's book's and loved them so I'm sure this is another great read and since Viscaria thought so please put me in the draw.thanks denwal1@aol.com

DaffyHercules said...

I can't compete in the fashion world, I'm a jeans and T-shirt gal which fits me since I'm mainly a homebody, but often dream about another life. This book promises to show me a temporary different life, and Paris too! I will just eat it up!

Maureen said...

I have always enjoyed reading about fashion and looking at what's popular even if I can't afford to buy it. This sounds like an interesting story.
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CrystalGB said...

Sounds great. I love the cover.

limecello said...

Oh I love love love Nancy Warren! I definitely would be so very happy to win this book!

Karin said...

Please enter me---thank you!

Jane said...

I've only read a short story by Nancy in an anthology, which I enjoyed very much. I had some good laughs.

Ellen said...

I don't read too many Blaze book but this one sounds like fun.

Karen H in NC said...

I've never read Nancy's work, but would love the opportunity to start. Add my name to the drawing hat please!

Karrie said...

add me to the giveaway please

ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

I would love to be enter :-) I love the Harlequin Blaze books and this one is on my wish/want list.

Thank you for giving us this chance to win another great book.

Great review.

Hugssss
LindaH

My email is in my profile.

robynl said...

'undercover' brings on a new meaning, lol. Would love to win this book.

Estella said...

Sounds great. I have read a few of Linda's other books and they were very good.

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Virginia said...

This one sound like a good read. I have read one of Nancy's books and really enjoyed it. So count me in on the draw!

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flchen1 said...

Please include me! :)

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Sue A. said...

Count me in too!

windycindy said...

Happy Earth Day! I like the "Paris" setting. Paris is gorgeous at night.
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etirv said...

Would like to read this book, thanks!

kim h said...

would love to win this book. love Nancy books, i just love blazes. pleae put me in. thanks

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acdaisy95 said...

Count me in! Sounds like a great read.

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Ann M. said...

Love Nancy's writing. Would love to be entered.

Pam P said...

I've enjoyed several of Nancy's books, too, count me in.